Adaptogens are herbs! And in some cases, roots and mushrooms. These special plants help with stress, anxiety, sleep, your immune system, and more. They’ve been used in naturopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, and Chinese medicine for centuries, but there’s also Western science to back them up.

Asian ginseng, holy basil (also called tulsi), eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), ashwagandha, astragalus root, sea buckthorn, licorice root, Rhodiola rosea, and cordycep mushrooms are some known adaptogens.

A 2010 study cited that adaptogens have specific therapeutic effects, can combat stress-induced and stress-related disorders, and will impact the quality of life of patients with “chronic diseases and pathological conditions.”

Recommended by both Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Axe, these herbs are used to combat cortisol, fight stress, and calm you down while boosting your energy.

According to Dr. Lipman, adaptogens support adrenal function, and through this, “they counteract the adverse effects of stress, enable the body’s cells to access more energy, and help cells eliminate toxic byproducts.”

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