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What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are plants. Many of which thrive in some of the harshest environments on earth. Their ability to adapt to these extreme climates has made them uniquely potent at helping us adapt to chronic stress.

Herbal medicine traditions – including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine – have used adaptogens for thousands of years. But the term adaptogen was coined less than a century ago by researchers. These researchers concluded that adaptogens must meet three criteria:

  • Non-toxic plants that help the body’s natural stress response on a cellular level; increase resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors
  • Chemically support homeostasis
  • Regulate the body's systems

How do adaptogens work?

Adaptogens work by modulating the release of cortisol, like a thermostat — adapting to your body's needs to keep you in resistance and out of exhaustion. If stress drags you down, adaptogens will give you the boost you need. And if it triggers your fight-or-flight response, they'll help you stay collected.

What are the benefits of adaptogens?

Adaptogens help the body overcome major stressors. Adaptogens can:

  • Help reduce stress
  • Balance stress hormones
  • Support increased* endurance
  • Enhance focus
  • Regulate cortisol levels
  • Enhance mental stamina
  • Help increase energy
  • Support the immune system
  • Support the function of the body systems

Types of adaptogenic herbs

There are many types of adaptogens. These are the most popular types that help support the body’s natural functions include:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola
  • Eleutherococcus
  • Maca
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Holy Basil

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing that dates to 200 B.C. Among the principal concepts in TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state" and disease is due to an internal imbalance.

This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of vital energy – known as qi – along internal energetic pathways. It takes a macro approach to look at a human being as a whole and highlights prevention, wellness, and healing.

Adaptogens Specific to TCM include:

  • Asian Ginseng
  • Astragalus
  • Cordyceps
  • Eleuthero
  • Epimedium
  • Goji
  • Mucuna
  • Reishi
  • Schisandra

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Ayurveda (the science of life)

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It dates back over 5000 years & originated in India.

It is based on the concept that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. According to Ayurveda, all things consist of nature's five elements: space, air, fire, water, earth. All beings are made up of a unique combination of these elements, known as a Dosha.

Adaptogens Specific to Ayurveda:

  • Ashwagandha Root
  • Amla
  • Shilajit
  • Shatavari
  • Tulsi

Potential side effects of adaptogens

Consult your doctor to determine if adaptogens are right for you. Although there is little evidence to suggest that adaptogens can cause side effects or health issues; there is also limited research and information on the long-term effects of adaptogens on the body over time.

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November 16, 2021

What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a shrub that grows in India, Africa, and the Middle East and it has been used for many years in Ayurveda – India’s form of traditional medicine.

Recently, Ashwagandha and other forms of adaptogens have become very popular in the West for their numerous benefits. This popular herb helps reduce stress and improve sleep, and can be used in different forms such as an extract, supplement, powder, or capsule.

Traditional use of ashwagandha

The Ashwagandha plant is a potent flowering shrub that’s part of the nightshade family and acts as a harmonizing adaptogen. It is traditionally drunk with milk before bed and used as a Rasayana (life-prolonging tonic) to rejuvenate and invigorate the body.

The root is mostly used in Ashwagandha, but leaves and berries are also used in parts of India and Africa.

Ashwagandha benefits and its effectiveness

Ashwagandha is a calming, mineral-dense nervine that nourishes both the adrenal and thyroid systems to tame anxiety, renew vigor, and restore centeredness. This ayurvedic herb helps support mood, sleep, memory, and the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Benefits of Ashwagandha include:

  • Help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
  • Help support mental stamina and concentration
  • Help reduce blood sugar levels
  • Help support stamina and recovery
  • Help regulate cortisol levels and reduce stress

Ashwagandha is also known as

Ashwagandha KSM-66 is also called Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng (although it is not related to ginseng). It’s scientific name is Withania Somnifera.

Fun Fact: Genus name 'somnifera' means 'sleep-inducing'. However, if someone is under high stress and is high strung, it will likely have calming effects rather than sleep- inducing.

Ashwagandha’s ayurvedic name

Ashvagandha অ"গ$া (Bangla), Asgandh (Hindi) अशगंधा or असगंध

Ashwagandha’s origins are India, Nepal, parts of Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland).

Ashwagandha & Moon Juice

Our organic, sustainable Ashwagandha is hand-harvested in Rajasthan, India. We use a 15:1 concentrated extract that is created through 100% water-based extraction without the use of chemical solvent and alcohol.

Ashwagandha is found in our products including: SuperYou, SuperHair, Brain Dust, Beauty Dust, Spirit Dust, Power Dust, Dream Dust, Cosmic Cocoa, Cosmic Matcha, Cosmic Gold, Pantry.

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