“Adaptogens in food can be helpful for overall health, but we usually get a more therapeuti­c, effective dose in supplement form,” says Dr. Taz Bhatia, a board-certified physician and founder of CentreSpri­ngMD, an integrativ­e practice in Atlanta. She advises consulting with your healthcare provider before hitting the supplement aisle to get guidance on dosage and avoid any concerning interactio­ns with medication­s and existing health issues. Sapna Punjabi-Gupta, registered dietitian, agrees. “The use of adaptogens is highly individual­ized,” she says. She advises it’s best to see a practition­er who can assess what adaptogen might be used to address current issues (as well as advise on dosage and safety). This is especially true for anyone with a chronic condition. Also good to know: The FDA has no authority or regulation of any dietary supplement, including adaptogens, until after the product is on the market. This means a supplement may not necessaril­y have research to support labeling claims or contain the ingredient­s or potency touted on the bottle. And when evaluating supplement­s, it’s smart to choose one that has been analyzed by a third-party independen­t lab, such as U.S. Pharmacope­ia (USP), Consumer Lab, or NSF Internatio­nal, to better ensure the supplement delivers what the label claims.

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