Top 5 Adaptogen Herbs

Adaptogenic herbs are a group of herbal ingredients that help to improve the health of your adrenal system, which is the system that
manages your body’s response to stress.  For those of you stressed out by work or any other reason, here are the top five adaptogenic herbs to take.

5. Eleuthero

This herb is often mistakenly referred to as the Siberian Ginseng, which isn’t an accurate description because it does not belong in the ginseng family. It is a shrub that is native to eastern Asia that has traditionally been used to increase energy, improve appetite, manage mood swings and improve sleep. Eleuthero is one of the most popular adaptogenic herbs and some believe it is the best adaptogenic herb because it has many uses.

4. Maca

This adaptogenic herb is indigenous to Peru and is very popular with men because it helps to improve libido as well as hormonal health. According to research, there are eight different types of Maca herbs, each containing different types of vitamins and minerals, which means they also serve different purposes. Maca can be eaten as a vegetable, but it is only available in powdered form in the United States.

3. Rhodiola

This herb is also known as the golden root and is found in cool northern climates like Russia, Scandinavian countries, and Canada. It is commonly used to combat fatigue, improve mood and to boost the immune system. It can also be used as an aphrodisiac and to treat depression. Research has also shown that the use of Rhodiola can balance blood sugar levels and protect the heart from stress induced damage.

2. Ashwagandha

This adaptogenic herb is also known in some places as Withania somnifera. It is an herb commonly found in India and is known for its rejuvenating effects. The herb is used to combat fatigue, lower anxiety, improve the health of your immune system, and help with insomnia. It can also be used to enhance the endocrine function, and help with underactive thyroid issues. Ashwagandha is also used to improve libido and in the case of bodybuilders, help increase muscle mass, strength, and endurance.

1. Amla

This is another adaptogenic herb found in India, it is also referred to as Indian gooseberry or amalaki. This herb is said to improve memory and is also used to maintain youthfulness. The herb also boosts the immune system. As a tonic, it is used to support liver health as well as the health of hair, teeth, and bones. The herb is also very rich in Vitamin C and contains other antioxidants.

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