What are Adaptogens?


What are Adaptogens?

We all feel stressed occasionally, it’s part of the human condition. But for some of us, our stress never seems to go away. We constantly feel in a state of anxiety, fear, and overwhelm. One of the most effective and natural ways to manage stress is to take adaptogens. Here’s the 411.


What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are herbs sourced from non-toxic plants. Adaptogens like tremella, cordyceps or ashwagandha help your body manage stress effectively. When you feel less stressed, your brain can function better - so as a result, adaptogens also boost brain function, promote mental clarity and improve your mood.


How do adaptogens work?

When we feel stressed, the amygdala sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus, the brain’s command center. The hypothalamus then activates the sympathetic nervous system to trigger ‘fight or flight’ mode. When we’re in ‘fight or flight’ mode, a number of physiological changes occur in the body, like:

  • The adrenal glands pump adrenaline into the bloodstream
  • The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis releases stress hormones called glucocorticoids, including cortisol, adrenaline and inflammatory cytokines
  • The heart rate increases
  • Amongst others.


According to
experts, “adaptogens do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles”. They do this by interacting with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathoadrenal system - to regulate the stress response. Essentially you feel less stressed, and better equipped to deal with the stressor.


The knock-on effects of this include: less inflammation, better sleep, better cognitive function, mood improvements, boosted immune health, hormonal balance, and more.


A
study, published in 2012, examined the effects of taking an adaptogen, finding that it was able to reduce anxiety and insomnia by 69 percent; while another study found that it helped to improve memory, task performance, and attention.


Bondi Organics Plant-based Protein Powders contain the adaptogens tremella and cordyceps. Manage stress naturally and feel better from the inside out.