Imagine if your body had a secret pack of tiny ninjas that it could unleash on anything that threatened its sense of balance and well-being. Work got you stressed out? There’s a ninja for that. Feel a cold coming on? There’s a ninja for that. Feeling exhausted because you stayed up too late watching Netflix? There’s a ninja for that. Mother-in-law on her way into town? There’s a ninja for that too!
When you ingest adaptogenic herbs, it’s like you’re arming your body with a pack of super awesome mini ninjas. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help your body deal with stress. Whether that stress is physical, mental, or emotional, they hold the power to support and balance your system, whatever that may mean for you. How neat is that?
Below are four fascinating adaptogens that we’ve included in our Daily Greens Blend. When taken daily, the steady stream of adaptogens in your system sets you up to deal with life in a more energized, balanced, positive way. The stressors may still be there, but your response to them can improve, and the negative physiological consequences of stress can be diminished.
Here’s a bizarre but true fact: cordyceps is a fungus that grows on the back of a species of Chinese caterpillars. (Our particular cordyceps is cultivated using oats, without the use of caterpillars.) Can you imagine being the first person to try ingesting this stuff? Who knows how or why that came about. But we’re grateful to that adventurous soul, because this natural compound has the power to combat fatigue, increase resistance to stress, support aerobic capacity, and even, ehem, help things along in the bedroom.†
Astralagus is an herb, the root of which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It helps your immune system function optimally and increases overall vitality. And get this–one of the many ways it accomplishes this is by increasing the activity level of Natural Killer cells–yes, this is an actual scientific term. (The ninja metaphor doesn’t seem so outlandish now, does it?) Natural Killer cells are able to bind to stressed cells or virus-infected cells, and essentially assassinate them on a cellular level.†
Reishi is a mushroom that prefers to grow out of the Japanese plum tree, but will settle for an oak tree in a pinch. This power mushroom has serious immune system-boosting effects that go way beyond just fighting off a case of the sniffles. It may even play a role in slowing down the aging process. And like so many of its adaptogenic cousins, its fatigue-busting properties can’t be beat.†
Rhodiola is a flowering plant that grows at high altitudes in Eastern Europe and Asia. This super-herb fights depression and fatigue and enhances mental clarity. It also boosts stress resistance in two different ways. Rhodiola can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol by supporting and balancing the system (the HPA axis) in our bodies that produces cortisol. It may also enhance the neurological mechanisms of dealing with stress.†
All of these adaptogenic herbs have more benefits than we can list here. Although they’ve been used safely and effectively for thousands of years within Chinese medicine, the western world is just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of utilizing these astoundingly powerful natural remedies. If you’re looking for a positive boost, give our Daily Greens a try and learn what it means to get your super on.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.