You have may have noticed the word “Adaptogen” popping up all a lot on my website and social media since the launch of the I AM Superfood Blends and you would not be alone if you are thinking “Adapt – a – what?”
Adaptogens are the hottest new health trend since cold pressed juice and even Gwyneth Paltrow swears by them. Funky juice bars and cool cafes are adding them into smoothies and gradually the word is spreading.
What are they and why do we need them?
In simple terms adaptogens are healing herbs that help the body well – adapt! They have broad uses for health and are proven to reduce both mental and physical stress. They work by improving your body’s ability to adapt to stress which could be temperature related i.e. hot or cold, high altitudes, a hectic schedule and various other stressors. Adaptogens are know to help the body re-balance, improve strength, stamina, energy, endurance, concentration and mental clarity. They are beneficial for balancing hormones and can even help with menopause, impotence and fertility.
This new hot NEWS may sound super exciting however these magical herbs have in fact been around for thousands of years and part of natural healing and medicine for just as long. Scientific data is now backing it up and confirming what the non-Western world has been promoting for years, these natural plants have a profound effect on our health and wellness.
With stress being a rising concern for us all we could all benefit from introducing some of these herbs into our life which is why they have been carefully selected and included in the I AM Superfood blend formulations. Each blend has been scientifically formulated to ensure that they are safe and effective as these adaptogens can be powerful and potent!
Our TOP 5 healing adaptogens:
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing well known for its restorative benefits and strengthening properties. It is used to relive insomnia and apathy, reduce cortisol concentrations and the effects of stress. It reduces anxiety and depression, it improves concentration, mental and physical energy and protects the immune system. Ashwangandha helps lower cholesterol, offers anti-inflammatory benefits and stabiles the blood sugar. It also enhances sexual potency and performance for both men and women.
Maca is a Peruvian root which has been known for thousands of years to be an energy and stamina enhancing adaptogen. It is proven to boost athletic performance and increase endurance improving both physical and mental fatigue. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function in both men and women by boosting your libido and increasing endurance. It balances hormones, increasing fertility, can relieve menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms (body pain, hot flushes, anxiety and mood swings). Maca can help skin sensitivity and can also help your skin withstand extreme weather conditions.
Note: Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid maca.
Maca is rich in unique alkaloids that support and balance the endocrine system. It is rich in B vitamins, C and E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, fibre
Schisandra is a plant used for the prevention of early ageing and increased life span. It is an anti-oxidising and balancing adaptogen which is also known to normalise blood sugar and blood pressure levels. It is immune boosting, improves skin tone and has a calming effect which can also help relieve sleep disorders. Schisandra is also rich in lignans which protect and improve liver function.
Find Schisandra in our I AM Beautiful blend
Shilajit is a potent rejuvenator and anti-ageing organic tar-like substance that naturally occurs in the Himalayan mountains. It is an antioxidant containing 85+ minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Shilajit is rich in pure and natural fulvic acid which is vital for the absorption of nutrients on a deep and cellular level and prolonged cell life. Shilajit is energy and mood enhancing, balances blood sugar levels and protects the heart.
Triphala is an herbal concoction that’s been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and is traditionally known as a bowel tonic (mildly laxative). It is also rich in vitamin C, clears excess mucus, detoxifies blood, muscles and fatty tissue. It rejuvenates the digestive tract which increases elimination and absorption. It is an antioxidant and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.