What is an adaptogen?
Maybe you got here because you’ve heard the buzz on adaptogens, but no-one really seems to know what they are and why you might want to consume them! Allow us to explain….
An adaptogen is a natural substance that is believed to help the body adapt to stress and improve overall health. Adaptogens are generally considered to be safe and non-toxic, and are thought to work by normalizing the body's physiological processes. They are often used in traditional medicine to help the body adapt to and resist the effects of stress, which can manifest in a variety of forms including physical, chemical, and biological stressors.
Adaptogens work by regulating the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is the main stress response system in the body. The HPA axis is activated when the body is exposed to stress, and it triggers the release of cortisol and other stress hormones, which in turn help the body cope with the stress. Adaptogens are believed to interact with the HPA axis in such a way that they help to regulate the activity of cortisol and other stress hormones, which can help the body adapt to stress more effectively.
Adaptogens may also work by modulating the activity of the immune system, which can help to improve overall health and resistance to disease. Additionally, some adaptogens have been found to have an effect on the central nervous system, which can help to improve mood and reduce anxiety.
What foods are adaptogens?
The specific compounds that are believed to give the mushrooms in our Level Up “Immunity” Bar adaptogenic properties are:
Chaga: Beta-glucans, triterpenes, and polysaccharides are compounds found in chaga that are thought to be responsible for its adaptogenic properties. These compounds are believed to support the immune system, reducing inflammation and improving overall health.
Turkey tail: The polysaccharides including beta-glucan found in turkey tail mushrooms are thought to be responsible for its adaptogenic properties. These compounds are believed to support the immune system and may help the body adapt to stress.
Reishi: The beta-glucans and triterpenes found in Reishi mushroom are thought to be responsible for its adaptogenic properties. These compounds are believed to support the immune system, reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
Cordyceps: The polysaccharides, cordycepin, and adenosine found in cordyceps mushroom are thought to be responsible for its adaptogenic properties. These compounds are believed to improve energy levels, enhance athletic performance, and support the immune system, which can help the body adapt to stress and improve overall health.
It's important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of action of adaptogens and to confirm their potential health benefits. Additionally, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any adaptogens or any other supplement, as they may interact with some medications or may have some adverse effects.Anything we didn’t cover, you want us to expand on? Send Dr Hayley an email and she will dive deeper and share her findings.