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...

Also known as the wolf berry the goji berry is an adaptogenic superfood, or basically a food that is extremely beneficial to one’s health. The superfood goji berry contains essential amino acids, B vitamins and trace minerals. They are known to boost the immune system and brain activity, and have the highest concentrations of melatonin and the third-highest antioxidant capacity of any common dried fruit—five times more than raisins and second only to dried pomegranate seeds and barberries.

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.
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The perfect herb for the 21st century as it both calms and energises, helping us to adapt to the stresses of everyday living. It’s helpful for assisting deep sleep and calming nervous tension. Its ability to replenish the blood, enhance nutrients and build bone strength make it indispensable in disorders of degeneration and ageing. Its affinity for the adrenal, endocrine and nervous systems point to its use in any imbalances affecting our energy or vitality. With an abundance of antioxidants, iron and amino acids, it's no surprise that Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. It has been glorified over time for its dual capacity to energise and calm at the same time.

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