10 Jan What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are some of the the best way to balance the daily stress our bodies experience— both physically and mentally. Adaptogenic herbs, also known as adaptogens, are substances that enhance your ability to resist stress, anxiety, trauma and fatigue – slowly and gently. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs.
Adaptogens can be either synthetic or plant-based compounds. They contain biologically active compounds, including phytochemicals, that can benefit the body.
According to the original definition, they had to meet three Trusted Source criteria:
- They must be non-specific and help the body in various adverse conditions, such as physical or environmental stress.
- They must counter the physical impact of stress.
- They must not harm the usual working of the body.
This definition of adaptogens has evolved to the current standard, “Adaptogens are natural bioregulators that increase the ability to adapt environmental factors and avoid the damage caused by those factors.” They enhance the body’s ability to respond to stress and changes, strengthen the immune system, and increase a general sense of wellbeing.
It is said that an adaptogen must meet three criteria:
1. The substance is relatively non-toxic to the recipient.
2. An adaptogen influences many organs or body systems (non-specific) and acts by increasing resistance of the organism to a broad spectrum of adverse biological, chemical, and physical factors.
3. These substances help modulate system function and maintain homeostasis.
Most, if not all, of our herbal tisane blends contain at least one adaptogen. However, our Adapt Herbal Tea contains the most adaptogens of them all and was specifically crafted to create equilibrium within.