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What Are Adaptogens?

what are adaptogens?

a category of herbs and mushrooms that help balance the body’s reaction to external stressors and help maintain balance.

adaptogens are non-toxic at normal doses, work in a non-specific manner and help promote and maintain homeostasis.

here are some of our favorite adaptogen + vitamin combinations:

 ashwagandha

ashwagandha

a popular ayurvedic plant, sometimes called "the king of herbs" in traditional indian medicine due to its wide range of benefits, ashwagandha helps to increase the body's resistance to stress, promote resilience and relaxation while enhancing calmness.

 reishi

reishi

revered for over 2000 years, the so-called "immortality mushroom" in traditional chinese medicine, reishi is a powerful adaptogen that can help reduce stress, elevate mood and support the immune system.

learn more about reishi here.

 maca

maca

also called peruvian ginseng, maca has been cultivated for over 2000 years and traditionally used to help improve energy and mood.

 schisandra

schisandra

also known as the five flavor berry, schisandra has long been used in traditional chinese medicine to improve vitality, help with fatigue and promote cognition.

 lemon balm

lemon balm

a member of the mint family, this herb helps support brain health and cognition and has been praised for its soothing and relaxing effects.

 marine collagen

marine collagen

essential to hair, skin and nails and naturally abundant in our bodies, marine collagen peptides (from fish) promote youthfulness.

 melatonin

melatonin

a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the pineal gland that helps to synchronize circadian rhythms in your body and regulate the sleep wake cycle.

learn more about melatonin here.

 vitamin c

vitamin c

also known as ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from effects of free radicals while promoting tissue repair and is involved in many healthy body functions.

learn more about vitamin c here.

 l-theanine

l-theanine

an amino acid found in green and black tea (and some mushrooms) that promotes alpha brain wave activity, can help with a more relaxed state, better mood, enhanced sleep quality and improved cognition.

check out our blog on l-theanine here.