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Botanically known as Withania somnifera root, ashwagandha is most commonly used for its health benefits and properties.‡ Typically, it grows in the Middle East, India as well as parts of Africa. Known as the “strength of the stallion” in India, some of ashwagandha root’s benefits include supporting a healthy immune system after illness, enhancing stamina and also working as a natural stress reliever.‡
Ashwagandha has also been referred to as Indian ginseng, winter cherry and somnifera root. As for its actual name, the word ashwagandha literally means “smell of horse” which is aptly translated due to its fresh roots smelling quite similar to that of a horse. To add to that, there’s a traditional belief that this root may help you develop the strength and vitality of a horse.
Ashwagandha is indeed an adaptogenic herb that has been used for more than 2,500 years in Ayurvedic medicine.‡ It’s one of the most commonly used and extensively researched adaptogens as it has the powerful ability to work as a stress-supporting agent.‡ Much like all adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha helps the body maintain homeostasis, especially in times of physical or emotional stress.‡
Adding this particular adaptogen herb can support and balance the body and help lessen the effects of stress, while improving overall resilience, in order to help break free of any negative cycle or situation that could negatively impact your well-being.‡
According to naturopath Edward Wallace, an adaptogen doesn’t have specific action, it helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions. In essence, adaptogens help balance, restore and protect the body.‡
Furthermore, this study found that various adaptogens have the ability to help the body balance and respond to stress.‡
Astragalus root may not be as popular as the aforementioned adaptogens, but it’s actually one of the most powerful plants for immune function support.‡ This herb aids in stress responses while supporting overall health. Here are some other benefits of the astragalus root:
And nope, we’re not talking about the black candy (too bad they’re not adaptogenic, right?) We’re referring to the licorice herb known formally as Glycyrrhiza glabra. Here are some of its many benefits:
Rhodiola rosea is another effective adaptogenic herb that also goes by several other names like arctic root, golden root, roseroot and king’s crown. The benefits of this powerhouse adaptogen include:
Much like other adaptogenic mushrooms of its kind, reishi mushrooms can be found in several parts of Asia including China, Korea and Japan. As raw reishi mushrooms can be quite bitter with a tough texture, they’re much tastier in supplement or powder form. Speaking of which, our delicious Reishi Relax powder is perfect for your post-workout smoothie or a great addition to your early morning coffee. Coffee + benefits? Yes, please!
Why should you add reishi to your daily diet? Well, with continued consumption over time, here are some of the benefits you can expect from this powerful adaptogen:
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