Unboxed: 7 new adaptogens that chill out and energize

Adaptogenic herbs are the perfect ingredients for our postmodern, stressed out, frazzled lives.

Todd Runestad, Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Sr. Supplements Editor

November 17, 2020

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Herbalists use the word "adaptogens" to describe an increasingly popular class of plants that, as its name suggests, help you adapt. Adapt to what, you ask?

These plants have been used for some 4,000 years and help us adapt to all forms of physical or mental stress. The word "adaptogen" gives people a clue as to the activity of this category—e.g., helping them adapt to lifestyle conditions—and that's beneficial.

Three totems describe adaptogens:

  1. They are nontoxic in the body.

  2. They move the body to homeostasis, to equilibrium. Away from dis-ease, and to a state of ease.

  3. They have nonspecific action.

While most herbs have an effect on specific bodily functions, true adaptogens work on several at once. They stabilize physiological processes to create real, lasting health.

Adaptogens have this almost magical ability to perk you up when you're tired or relax you when you're stressed. Botanicals in this class include ashwagandha, rhodiola, schisandra, eleuthero, holy basil, maca and a few others. These days, they are all the rage. Here are seven new entrants to the category.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Sr. Supplements Editor, Natural Products Insider

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. I'm The content director for NaturalProductsInsidercom and digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for newhope.com, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still cover raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddrunestad/

My daily vitamin regime includes a morning smoothie with a range of powders including protein, collagen and spirulina; a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, PQQ, choline, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 

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