What Are Adaptogens and How Can You Take Them?

How to Take Adaptogens
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Adaptogens, despite gaining lots of media attention recently, they have been used for centuries – so why all the fuss now? We have sold and used these potent herbal helpers since Content opened in 2008, but rather than just showing up in our practitioner prescribed tinctures and tablets, now they are being blended into across the counter mixes that you can add to your day easily. But which ones should you look for? It really depends on how stress and ‘life’ is treating you.

What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens have been used in many forms of medicine from Ayurvedic to Chinese. They are a unique group of herbs (medicinal mushrooms and spices often have some adaptogenic properties too but often not as their main function) used to improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that manages your body’s hormonal response to stress whether it be the result of illness, deadlines, lack of sleep or over zealous exercise.

In supporting your adrenals adaptogens assist in regulating your hormones to help your body cope with anxiety and fatigue. They adapt their function to your body’s needs, diving in to lend help as and when needed.

They come in different forms, from pills to tinctures and powders, taken once or twice a day – remember they don’t work if you don’t take them, so set a time or keep them on your desk as a visual reminder. As with all things in life, don’t give-up if you don’t see a difference straight away – adaptogens are powerful but ‘adapt’ gently, unlike the ‘great now, crash later’ approach of caffeine and sugar. It may take a few weeks to feel the benefits.

Which Adaptogen Is For You?

There are different types, but these often appear together in a blend:

The above adaptogens are available in various forms over the counter at our store or online. But if you think you may require or like to try a bespoke tincture blend to meet the specific needs of your body and lifestyle, our medical herbalist Jennifer Derham often uses them if your case requires. You can read more about Jennifer here.

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