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Adaptogen Advice

The buzz surrounding adaptogens has been building for the past few years, but is it worth it?



 

Devotees swear by these special plants and herbs that have been found to support the adrenal system and help balance hormones, which in turn is said to make stress melt away. The substances are called adaptogens because they adapt to the body and can regulate your system depending on your current need. Here are some of the most popular ones and tips on how to use them, from bulletproof.com.

 

Ashwagandha

What is can do: Decrease anxiety and stress, improve memory
How to use it: In powder form or supplement capsule
What it's best for: Lowering stress-hormone cortisol, aiding with neurodegenerative diseases

 

 

Astragalus

What is can do: Lengthen telomeres, boost immune system
How to use it: Tea, tincture, supplement capsule
What it's best for: Reducing inflammatory-causing C-reactive protein, possible longevity effects

 

 

Holy Basil

What is can do: Protect liver, increase muscle mass
How to use it: Tea, powder, supplement capsule, a garnish for dishes
What it's best for: Lowering inflammation, building muscle mass and lowering body fat

 

 

Maca

What is can do: Boost libido, increase fertility
How to use it: In powder form or supplement capsule
What it's best for: Balancing hormones, boosting libido

 

 

Reishi

What is can do: Boost immune system, detoxify, fight cancer
How to use it: Tea, tincture, supplement capsule
What it's best for: Protecting liver, balancing blood sugar

 

 

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