Herbal Medicine and Adaptogens: A Crash Course by Zenfuel
It’s probably safe for us to assume that stress is no stranger to you, but have you heard of herbal adaptogens?
Herbal adaptogens are essentially herbal pharmaceuticals that counteract the effects of stress with no side effects. They are all natural, grown from the ground and regulate your hypothalamic, pituitary and adrenal glands—all of which work with the stress responses in your body.
When our bodies are stressed, it goes through three stages: the alarm phase, the phase of resistance and the phase of exhaustion. Stress also raises hormones like cortisol in the body which can have unintended health consequences over time if there is a constant imbalance.
If you’re looking to hack your stress, adaptogens act as a mini stress vaccine according to Healthline. Not only do adaptogens increase resistance to stress but they also decrease chances of weight gain and hold off the effects of feeling exhausted—and no one likes a stress hangover.
Some of the most popular herbal adaptogens include Turmeric and Ashwagandha, both of which can be found in our Zenfuel line. Turmeric, the main ingredient of ZenMove, not only boosts brain function but lubricates your joints and decreases inflammation in the body. Ashwagandha can be found in both our sleep supplement ZenSonno and our stress supplement ZenChil. Ashwagandha is known to reduce cortisol levels in the brain which ultimately decreases the effects of stress and anxiety.
While herbal adaptogens aren’t anything new, they have been studied throughout history to take deeper look at how they improve the body’s ability to respond to stress. There is even research currently being conducted on how herbal adaptogens can help treat chronic diseases.