5 ADAPTOGENS TO KNOW
These well-studied adaptogens are increasingly accessible as supplements, in tea blends, and as elixirs and/or
powders to add to beverages.
A 2021 double-blind clinical study
published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
followed 125 adults consuming a daily ashwagandha capsule for 90 days and concluded it promoted sleep and lowered stress and cortisol levels.
GINSENG (Panax ginseng)
A 2019 review of several studies published in Trends in Food Science and Technology found ginseng works as an immune-modulator to help the body fight infections and diseases. It may also
lessen mental and physical fatigue, according to a 2018 Chinese Medicine preliminary review of several studies.
RHODIOLA (Rhodiola rosea)
A 2020 clinical trial of 50 adults published in Phytotherapy Research suggests that taking 400 milligrams of
rhodiola daily improves cognitive function by improving reaction time and decreasing error rate, and lessening the stress load of the brain when performing
tasks with multiple stimuli.
TULSI OR HOLY BASIL
Tulsi or holy basil may improve blood pressure and assist in dealing with psychological and immunological stress, according to a 2017 systematic review published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)
A 2018 study published in The American
Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found turmeric supplementation over 18 months
reduced amyloid plaque deposits, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s development.