BY: Camila Loew
In the world of wellness and self-care, the term "adaptogens" has become a buzzword in recent years. But what are adaptogens? And how can they improve our health and well-being?
Adaptogens are the name of a group of herbs, roots, and mushrooms, which are said to help the body become more resilient and adapt to the stressors it encounters in life. What this means is that it helps the body physiologically adapt to stress; whether the stressor is physical (which can be external environmental factors, or an internal stressor such as lack of sleep), chemical (alcohol, drugs, food), or biological (an illness or injury).
Adaptogens have been used in ancient healing cultures such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, for a very long time, but only recently have they caught the attention of the West.
Because adaptogens work with each body individually, they help us regulate and balance using our own internal mechanisms. Thus an adaptogenic herb can counter imbalances in different ways, for example by raising or lowering hormone levels, or boosting or calming energy levels.
Some adaptogens can be consumed as ingredients in food or drink, such as turmeric root or shiitake and lion's mane mushrooms. Others, however, such as resihi or cordyceps mushrooms, are not edible in their pure form and must be extracted into powders or tinctures.
Though there is to date not sufficient biomedical clinical evidence to make claims on the effectiveness of adaptogens, there is definitely increased interest in examining them further.
Cokare's line of adaptogenic supplements are made from high quality mushrooms, which we offer in oil and powdered form as well as blends, individually to consume one by one or make your own personalized blend, in gel capsule, or an exclusive elixir made with reishi spore oil. Additionally, we offer a blend with coffee, which is extremely convenient and enjoyable to consume.
Adaptogens have benefits on the immune system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. They are safe to consume, so give them a try and see how you feel. Your morning coffee will be a whole new experience.