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4 Adaptogens that Naturally Reduce Stress

28 July, 2014
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Adaptogens are herbal medicines that improve the health of your adrenal system and have been used for centuries across the globe. This group of herbal supplements helps support the body’s response to stress, anxiety, and fatigue without being over-stimulating or causing a crash later. They do this by having the ability to adapt to your body’s specific needs, normalizing your physiological functions. Adaptogens are unique because they allow the body’s cells to access more energy, remove toxic byproducts of the metabolic process, and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently. Incorporating adaptogens in your life is a sure way to optimize your mind and body while feeling great all the time. Recently these supplements have been used within nootropic communities for stress reduction, relaxation, and depression.

Bacopa Monnieri

What is it?

Bacopa Monnieri is a nootropic herb from India that has been used for hundreds of years in medicine. Classes of compounds called “bacosides” are thought to be responsible for many of bacopa’s pharmacological inducing effects. Many people swear by Bacopa’s uses for improved mental functioning including memory and comprehension. Other therapeutic uses of Bacopa include reducing anxiety and treating depression. Bacopa has had a long use in traditional medicine and has success in many functions, it is an all-natural supplement and is recommended for anyone looking to relax and improve their overall mood.

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What it can do for you

Bacopa is great for reducing stress and anxiety; it can also enhance memory function, attention, and concentration. Other functions of Bacopa Monnieri include improved liver function, blood pressure, and overall brain health. Some people in the nootropic community have enjoyed taking this adaptogen before bed and agree that its calming affects can help with falling asleep. Check out this article about Bacopa to see what other uses it can have! A dose of 150mg twice daily is an appropriate starting point.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha Nootropic - Nootelligence Nootropics BlogWhat is it?

Like Bacopa Monnieri, Ashwagandha is also a nootropic herb from India that has been used for hundreds of years in medicine. These two herbs have been called the king and queen of Ayurvedic medicine.  The compounds responsible for the pharmacological effects include anolides, alkaloids, and choline. This herb has been used medicinally for a wide variety of rejuvenating properties. Similarly to Bacopa, Ashwahandha is popular for relieving stress and anxiety and the two are commonly taken together.

What it can do for you

Ashwagandha has been used mainly to help strengthen the immune system, treat insomnia, prevent anxiety, as well as promote learning function, memory formation, and reaction time. Other functions of Ashwagandha include lowering cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar. Some members of the nootropic community have voiced their opinions that this adaptogen increases their energy levels and reduces stress. The recommended dose is 200mg-400mg, twice daily.

 

Panax Ginseng

What is it?

Also known as True Ginseng is a nootropic plant that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a wide range of preventative medicines with usage going back as far as 5,000 years. It is also one of the nootropics in Focus Plus! The compounds responsible for the pharmacological effects of Panax Ginseng are ginsenosides that have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Many people in the nootropic community have enjoyed Panax Ginseng for its energy and mood boosting qualities.

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What it can do for you:

Many people have used Ginseng for supposed increases capillary circulation in the brain and to decrease the effects of stress. Other common uses of Ginseng include enhancing memory, concentration, and productivity. Although sometimes overlooked, Ginseng has had a long history of success for being used as medicine for a variety of treatments. The recommended dosage is 100mg daily.

Rhodiola Rosea

What is it?

Also known as golden root, Rhodiola Rosea is an herb that grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia and has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and Scandinavian countries for hundreds of years. The most effective compounds are believed to be Rhodiosolide and Tyrosol. Rhodiola is known as natures’ natural energy and has been effective as useful treatment for hundreds of years.

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What can it do for you:

Rhodiola Rosea is often used for increasing energy levels, stamina, improving athletic performance, and shortening recovery time after working out. Other beneficial attributes include the ability to support cellular energy metabolism, and helps with balancing the cortisol levels in your body, which raise or lower it as needed. Many people in the nootropic community agree that this adaptogen is very effective for boosting mood and motivation; this adaptogen specifically has gained a large popularity and considered one of the most useful nootropics available. The recommended dosage is 200-400mg daily.

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