Adaptogens: What you need to Know
“Adaptogen” is one of the many current buzzwords of the health community. Adaptogens are herbs and other natural substances that the herbal medicine world considers beneficial to the body. Lately, though, this idea is leaking out of herbal medicine and we are seeing a lot more about adaptogens in the mainstream health world. What do you really need to know about adaptogens and your health?
Generally, adaptogens are used as a treatment for stress. They are supposed to negate stress hormones and level the body out, allowing you to achieve a kind of peace and balance. The idea is that adaptogens will help your body not react to environmental or life stressors. Some of the most common adaptogens are rhodiola, rennet, ginseng, and jiaogulan. All of these herbs can be found in supplements sold by herbal medicine companies who say that adaptogens can do everything from curing anxiety to strengthening nails and clearing acne. But do adaptogens really do these things and are they safe?
Basically, the answer is “maybe.” While studies have largely suggested that these herbs are decently safe for human consumption in the short term, little is known about what their long-term side effects might be. They may interact with certain medicines or health conditions so, as always, it’s best to speak to your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.
As far as whether adaptogens can really help you avoid stress or give you better skin and nails, WebMD points out that there really isn’t enough evidence to say that they do. It’s possible that some adaptogens really are capable of suppressing your reaction to stress but there is not enough scientific evidence yet to prove it.
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