It’s hard to deny that adaptogens are having a moment. Technically classified as herbal pharmaceuticals, adaptogens have been showing up in more and more wellness trend reports in recent years. However, it might surprise you to know that adaptogens have actually been used for centuries by practitioners of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. In more recent history, WWII scientists attempting to invent a “superhero” supplement for fighter pilots credited adaptogens with improving mental focus and the body’s ability to withstand periods of stress.
Nowadays, modern-day research confirms that adaptogens are more than just another health fad. Studies have shown that various adaptogenic formulas can actually be useful for rebalancing the various body systems involved in the body’s stress response. Experts say adaptogens work on a cellular level to help improve mental clarity, bolster immunity and energize the body. This in turn allows the body to respond better to stressors and stay resistant longer against related symptoms, including fatigue, anxiety, and lack of focus.
Curious about adaptogens but not sure where to start? Here’s what you need to know.
Top Adaptogens to Try for Everyday Wellness:
1. Ashwagandha - As adaptogens go, ashwagandha is one of the most popular and with a host of benefits - from enhancing brain function to reducing inflammation - it’s easy to see why. It can be an incredibly potent adaptogen for addressing anxiety, depression, and stress responses in the body.
Because stress levels play a huge role in our overall health and wellness, ashwagandha has proven effective in improving things like hair growth, tissue repair, and strength building which can sometimes suffer in times of stress. To get a little help from ashwagandha, Hush & Hush’s DeeplyRooted complex contains ashwagandha, plus an innovative polypeptide complex and other ingredients for improving hair health.
2. Reishi Mushroom - A magical mushroom that has been used for centuries, Reishi is incredibly versatile and used in many holistic wellness formulas to improve immunity, energy levels, balance blood sugar and cholesterol, and prevent oxidative damage in the body. Experts say it can also be helpful for fighting anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
If you’ve been ready to give Reishi a try, Hush & Hush’s ShieldUp supplement formula contains this amazing adaptogen alongside other immunity heroes and an environmental and anti-pollution complex. Organic turmeric, curcumin, and dandelion leaf are just a few of the super ingredients in this herbal blend, which is also rich in Vitamin C and Zinc for the ultimate immune support.
3. Magnesium - While magnesium is technically a mineral nutrient, it has similar stress-fighting benefits and works well in addition to adaptogens to create better body balance. Some proven perks of magnesium include its ability to regulate nerve and muscle function, as well as improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It even promotes more restful sleep at night and boosted energy levels the next day. For getting your full eight hours, Hush & Hush’s MindYourMind is the perfect dose of magnesium blended with sleep-supporting herbs like chamomile, valerian root, and an additional stress-reducing adaptogens - Holy basil and Rhodiola rose root. It’s the perfect natural blend for rest and relaxation.