Adaptogens 101

 Adaptogens help with more than just stress. Learn their common benefits.

 

Adaptogenic herbs, aka adaptogens, are herbs that help your body and mind adapt to physical and mental stress. This definition is somewhat narrow. All adaptogens share a few common benefits, and not all of them are stress-related.


Common Benefits of Adaptogens


Healthier Stress Response

Cortisol, the stress hormone, spikes when you experience the “fight or flight” response to stress. This response was less frequent in the hunting and gathering days, when you occasionally had to worry about a dangerous animal or a rival group of humans. Responding to the threat allowed the cortisol levels to drop once the threat disappeared.


In the developed world, a lot of things elevate cortisol. If spikes become too frequent, they can tax your adrenals, your digestive system and other systems of the body. This can cause a lot of problems, including lower immune function and premature aging.  Adaptogens relieve and prevent many of these problems in the long term.


Normalization of Weight

If you have gained weight because of chronic stress, obviously, adaptogens can help you lose unwanted fat. Stress is largely responsible for a lot of cases of obesity.  Adaptogens are known for helping with the regulation of the adrenal system, which cortisol is a part of. There could be other ways in which they help you lose weight, but stress reduction is the main one common to all of them.


Healthier Immune System

It’s clear that lower stress leads to better immune function. Adaptogens also correct imbalances in other body systems. Many of them also contain powerful antioxidants that kill free radicals that lead to inflammation and disease.


Physical & Mental Endurance

Adaptogens protect the brain, reduce fatigue and increase energy in general. They also increase oxygen efficiency and cardiovascular function, leading to higher exercise stamina and better focus. All these properties support physical and mental endurance. Adaptogens also support the manufacture of proteins and other substances that repair muscles after exercise.


Mood Support

Reduced stress makes you feel better, and it decreases anxiety. The nootropic effects of adaptogens boost energy levels and increase brain oxygen efficiency. Each adaptogen has some type of regulatory effect on at least some hormones, and this can also improve mood.


Better Memory & Focus

Reading the above benefits, this should go without saying. Adaptogens, to varying degrees, have nootropic (brain boosting) properties.

 

Most of Nambu’s Herbs are Adaptogens

Nambu Botanicals offers adaptogenic herbs with an additional bonus. We were founded for the purpose of reviving the “old school” practices of Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine. Specifically, we have revived the holistic ancient practice of infusing herbs with sound vibrations that support physical, mental and spiritual health.


Turmeric . Turmeric is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a mood enhancer and motivation booster. We offer two formulas with Turmeric as the main ingredient:

Hi-Health Formula contains a black pepper extract standardized for piperine, a compound that multiplies the number of curcuminoids (active ingredients) your body absorbs. It’s also PHONEME INFUSED™ with sounds that support willpower, self-confidence and the ability to get things done.

(Back in Stock!) Shreem Brzee Formula with Turmeric is PHONEME INFUSED™ with the Ultimate Wealth-Building Mantra, Shreem Brzee. The mantra invokes Wealth Goddess Lakshmi, reduces the subtle thought patterns that cause poverty and increases wealth attraction consciousness. You can chant the mantra and infuse your whole body with it at the same time.

 

Tulsi .  Tulsi is one of the major stress-reducing adaptogens. It’s known to increase patience, compassion, memory, focus, and libido. Nambu’s Love & Grace Formula is infused with sounds that support compassion and the Heart Chakra. Did you know tulsi is grown around the Taj Mahal to reduct environmental pollutants and purify the air? 

 

Guduchi .  Guduchi is best known as an anti-aging herb and immune system balancer. People with pollen sensitivities often report great results with this herb. It’s also called “Amrita”, which means Elixir of Immortality. The antioxidant properties make it a favorite of those who wish to reduce inflammation.