Adaptogens, including adaptogenic tea, have been used in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for more than centuries. Adaptogens are properties found in plants that can help our bodies to heal better. These ancient remedies have been used to aid in healing the body as they are believed to contain anti-stress and anti-aging properties. Different adaptogens have different functions. Some of these stress fighting wonder-herbs can help improve attention, some help with endurance, and others can help boost the immune system.
With life becoming increasingly busy and hectic these days, many people are reaching for alternative ways to de-stress including taking up meditation, gentle exercises, and herbal supplements too. So, what is it about adaptogenic that can help us heal? What foods are adaptogens? plus let’s discuss how to make your own adapotgenic tea at home.
What do you Mean by Adaptogenic?
Adaptogens, also known as adaptogenic substances, are certain herbs, spices and mushrooms that may contain anti-stress properties that can help heal our bodies. Adaptogens can be taken in tea form or in tincture form or in powder form. Adaptogenic herbs, spices and mushrooms can also be added directly to foods including soups and stews.
What do Adaptogens do in the Body?
Adaptogens are described as ‘substances that enhance the state of non-specific resistance in stress’. This means that it is believed that adaptogens have neuroprotective, anti-fatigue and antidepressant properties. Clinical studies on animal systems have shown that adaptogens can aid in strengthening systems within the body that are compromised by stress, thus helping us ‘adapt’ to fight stresses which can aid in keeping us healthy.
Are Adaptogens Legal in Europe?
Adaptogens are not necessarily illegal in Europe, however the marketing of ‘adaptogens’ in Europe is currently banned. The EU have banned illegal advertising and false advertising health claims of adaptogens and the health claims of other herbal remedies. Unfortunately, there is little known studies of adaptogens and their health benefits. Therefore, these substances cannot be sold promoting certain ‘wonder cures’ unless there is enough clinical data and pharmacological studies to back up these claims. This doesn’t mean that adaptogens aren’t healthy or good for us, it just means that there just isn’t enough evidence either way to prove or disprove the adaptogenic qualities of each herb, spice or mushroom.
What are the Best Adaptogens?
These marvellous anti-stressy herbs, spices and mushrooms include:
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Lions Mane Mushrooms
Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
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What is Adaptogenic Tea Good For?
Taking adaptogenic herbs in tea will have similar effects to taking adaptogens as supplements, tinctures or powders. Adaptogenic tea is used to fight stress, fatigue and promote overall wellness and vitality. Tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant, is not considered an adaptogenic herb, however, tea does contain an array of health boosting benefits. Tea contains brilliant anti-stress and anti-aging properties of its own, including catechins, tannins and l-theanine.
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Can you Take Adaptogens Every Day?
Many people do take adaptogens and adaptogenic teas every day, and whilst most herbal remedies are considered safe, some can have side effects or may cause an allergic reaction. It is always best to check with your healthcare provider before taking any herbal supplement or remedy.
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Is Turmeric an Adaptogen?
Turmeric is considered an adaptogen that contains both antioxidant and anti inflammatory qualities. The antioxidant found in turmeric is known as curcumin. Our bodies struggle to absorb the curcumin goodness alone and so it is recommended that we take a pinch of black pepper with curcumin so that we can absorb the antioxidant a little easier.
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Can Adaptogens be Harmful?
Most adaptogens are considered safe for consumption, however, it is always best to consult your healthcare provider before taking herbal supplements or remedies. Some herbs may have serious side effects when taking large doses. Some herbs may cause allergic reactions. Some herbs may react with prescription medication. So it is always best to seek professional advice.
Do Adaptogens Help with Weight Loss?
Adaptogens, such as turmeric, have long been used to help maintain a healthy weight and if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, adaptogens may even help us to lose weight. Adaptogens help our bodies to fight stress which is a necessity when trying to keep weight at a healthy level. Too much stress can increase cortisol in our bodies which can have a negative effect on our metabolism, appetite and even our insulin levels.
Is Matcha an Adaptogen?
Tea, including matcha green tea, is not considered an adaptogen. However, tea does contain lots of fabulous health boosting benefits such as catechins, tannins and l-theanine. Matcha green tea is a highly concentrated type of green tea that contains high amounts of these wonderful health boosting properties. Try adding adaptogens such as turmeric, maca or ashwagandha to your next cup of tea or in your next tea latte.
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