Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they're having a renaissance today.
The calming effect of these herbs aid our bodies in reacting to or recovering from both short and long-term physical or mental stress. Some also boost immunity and overall well-being. Research shows adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, ease depression and anxiety, help your attention span, as well as help you thrive rather than just muddle through.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, according to research on adaptogens, they might actually be as good as they sound, we did a deep dive into some of our favourites...
Maca is one of the true superfoods, there are three types of maca, red, yellow and black. Farmers have cultivated the Peruvian plant for more than 3,000 years in the Andes mountains, but the radish relative has recently popped up in everything from lattes, granola, oatmeal, hummus, baked treats and smoothies to capsules and even beauty products.
Maca powder has an earthy, nutty, butterscotch - like taste. The root is low in calories, but contains a lot of vitamin C, iron, potassium, copper and calcium as well as some B vitamins including B3 (niacin).It also supplies iron which helps red blood cells transport oxygen around the body and therefore reduces tiredness and fatigue. Maca can bring internal harmony back to your body. It is formulated to assist with improving hormonal balance, mental health, mood, energy, focus, vitality, fertility, bone density, skin radiance and is also great at helping to manage stress.