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Health 29 January 2018
By: Natasha Tanga

Benefits of Adaptogenic Herbs for Health

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What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogen supplements got their name because once they enter the body they “adapt” to the individual’s specific needs either by gently energizing or calming the body.

Adaptogens work by strengthening the adrenal system and moderating stress responses. They tend to be good sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which helps to prevent cell damage.

When the body is under stress, it pumps out adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones that spike our blood sugar and increase our heart rate in order to face the stressor. However, when we face constant stress, the stress response system stays turned on, potentially leading to problems such as chronic inflammation and adrenal fatigue. Adaptogens work to calm this response system by reducing the effects of stressors.

Someone with adrenal fatigue may experience sugar or caffeine cravings, difficulty concentrating, high blood sugar, frequent colds, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and depression, troubling waking up, and weight gain around the abdomen.

Adaptogenic herbs

Both being a miracle herb, Herbana's Relief Sari Line endorses herbs like Turmeric and Ginger as these multi-tasking herbs pave the way to restore health and vitality naturally. They are nontoxic and have no side effects even with prolonged use. They have numerous benefits, including reducing stress and aging, enhance the body’s resistance to stressor, maintain antioxidant balance and manage inflammatory response.

Ginger reduces stress & anxiety in general

Chronic stress levels are creating a number of serious health issues, including increased blood pressure and heart disease. Based on the options we have within our diet, there are also foods that can directly influence how you feel, both mentally and physically.

As you’d expect, ginger is one of these potent foods, helping address symptoms of anxiety and overwhelming levels of stress. The component known as gingerol is highly beneficial, acting as a potent antioxidant. This means that when consuming ginger on a regular basis, you can help counteract the harmful chemicals the body produce during stress.

One study examined the link between ginger and anxiety; it is found that ginger was able to influence serotonin receptors, essentially reducing symptoms of anxiety. It was also shown that the intestine absorbs antioxidants, protecting the brain against free radical damage.  

Turmeric improves your overall mood 

Happiness is one thing you can never get enough of, and curcumin contained in turmeric plays a powerful role in getting and keeping your mood high. It's been shown to enhance brain chemicals such as noradrenalin and serotonin, and increase the production of dopamine which dictates how we experience both pleasure and pain. That which lifts your mood also has a wide influence on everything from sleep to memory and learning.

As turmeric helped the body to maintain healthy levels of all of these metrics during the acute and chronic experience of stressors, turmeric’s adaptogenic actions is based on the ability of turmeric to support the body’s innate antioxidant function as well as helping the body to maintain healthy levels of corticosterone.

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