With more people than ever reporting feelings of stress and anxiety, it’s no wonder that the highly researched herbs called adaptogens are rapidly gaining in popularity. Although this elite class of stress-relieving herbs has been in the spotlight as of late, they’ve actually been in use for centuries in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic (Indian) Medicine.
During World War II, adaptogens were studied extensively in the Soviet Union as a way of finding a “superhero” herb to increase soldiers’, sailors’ and pilots’ stamina, endurance and performance. The term adaptogen was coined by Russian scientist Dr. Nikolai Lazarev to refer to substances that have the ability to increase our resistance to stress – in effect, acting like stress shields.
What Are Adaptogens?
There are three features that define adaptogens. First, they are nontoxic and can be safely taken for extended periods of time. Second, adaptogens assist biological responses that buffer the damaging effects of stress on your body. And third, adaptogens have a normalizing effect, meaning that no matter the direction the stressors are throwing your body out of balance, adaptogens help to bring your system back into equilibrium.
The Stress Response
Chronic stress short circuits the body on many levels. One of the main systems that gets disrupted is called the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis), which is responsible for controlling our stress response. When our body gets stressed, we go through three physiological stages: the alarm phase, the phase of resistance and the exhaustion phase.
To illustrate how a healthy stress response works, let’s say we’re experiencing a physical stressor, like running a marathon. When we start the marathon, the alarm phase is triggered and our body starts pumping out hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones improve muscle performance and boost our ability to stay focused during the phase of resistance. As we get to the end of the marathon and get tired, we enter the exhaustion phase after which time our bodies can reset and return to normal.
With unhealthy chronic stress, the HPA axis is continuously triggered to release hormones on an ongoing basis. Over time, the overproduction of these hormones leaves the glands of the HPA axis desensitized and out of whack. This leads to HPA axis dysfunction, which may show up as fatigue, low energy, anxiety, sleep disruption, metabolic imbalances, lack of focus and slower healing responses.
How Do They Work?
Adaptogens help reduce the repeated triggering of the stress response in our daily lives by modulating the overall output of stress hormones. This increases our capacity to handle everyday stress, and raises our ability to maintain optimal balance in the face of physical, mental and emotional stress. When the going gets tough, adaptogens help us keep going.
- Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient healing system of India. It has been used for over 3,000 years as a stress reliever, and to support energy and concentration. A quintessential adaptogen, numerous clinical trials have shown it to balance the HPA axis, maintain healthy cortisol levels, and support physical and mental stamina.
- Rhodiola is becoming one of the most versatile and well-known herbs when it comes to dealing with the stress of modern life. It grows in the cold, northern regions of Europe and Asia and people in Russia and Scandinavia have used rhodiola for centuries for anxiety, fatigue and depression. A highly studied herb, it has been shown to help your body manage both acute and chronic stress.
- Holy basil, commonly known as tulsi, has been used in India for thousands of years as both a medicine and a sacred protector of life. Studies have shown this “Queen of Herbs” to support a healthy mood. Tulsi’s ability to relax and calm the body and mind in the face of stress makes it one of our most notable adaptogens.
Stress Remedy contains these three herbal superheroes plus other renowned adaptogens including Eleuthero and Schizandra, both of which are used to invigorate energy and concentration while reducing stress and fatigue.
Our exclusive formula also contains unique neurorestorative herbs rarely used in other formulas like Gynostemma, Magnolia, and Cistanche. It is these lesser-known herbs that take Stress Remedy to a new level and provide a long-term balancing and calming effect on the nervous system.
On top of that, all our ingredients are certified organic for absolute purity, quality and safety, and our potent botanical extracts are never made with toxic chemical solvents. Stress Remedy harnesses the power of nature so you can get back into optimal balance, focus and calm.
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