Why should you consider taking an adaptogenic herb or herbal formula? The best reason is that adaptogens can increase a person's ability to perform physical and mental tasks as well as helping them hold up under any kind of stress.
According to Wikipedia: The term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety, and fatigue. In the past, they have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas, or restoratives. All adaptogens contain antioxidants, but antioxidants are not necessarily adaptogens and that is not proposed to be their primary mode of action.
The concept of adaptogens dates back thousands of years to ancient India and China, but modern study did not begin until the late 1940s.
Three of the best studied today are Eleuthero, also in the past called Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, and Schizandra Berries.
In a ten-year long study in Russia workers were given Eleuthero. The workers reported a 30% to 50% decrease in influenza and reduced their absences from work due to sickness and disability by 20 to 30%. Studies of Rhodiola Rosea demonstrated an increase of secretion of the hormone b-endorphon. This hormone is used to reduce the hormonal response to stress.
Today I am devoting my blog to 3 adaptogens.
Enjoy today's information and be sure to check out the resources I have tested, use personally, and prefer as a health professional.
Remember, you are never too old to become younger!!!
Chinese Medicinal Herbs and Rhodiola - VIDEO
Chris Kilham explains how China produces and trades more plants and herbs than any other nation. He looks at the popular Chinese herb rhodiola and explains its many benefits in mental health and vitality.
Siberian Ginseng or Eleuthero Benefits - VIDEO
Chris Kilham looks at eleuthero root, previously known as siberian ginseng, and how it's an adaptogen. He explains the many benefits of this herb and how it's not actually a form of ginseng.
Discover the Secrets of Anti-Aging Adaptogenic Herbs, Part I
For the past 2500 plus years, both Chinese and Indian Ayruvedic health systems have used adaptogenic herbs as tonics for overall health and longevity. Adaptogens act as regulators or modulators in either direction. Balancing the body's energy and immunity means if there is not enough, more will be created. If there is too much, it will be diminished.
Discover the Secrets of Anti-Aging Adaptogenic Herbs, Part II
There are several adaptogenic herbs from traditional Chinese medicine that can be used as tonics safely and economically to maintain youthful vigor and health. Because virtually everyone can benefit, the Reishi mushroom will be discussed briefly in this in this article after a quick summary of Part I.
Resources for products mentioned this week...
Planetary Herbals Schizandra Adrenal Complex -- 710 mg - 120 Tablets
Planetary Herbals Ginseng Revitalizer -- 1000 mg - 180 Tablets
Planetary Herbals Full Spectrum™ Rhodiola Rosea Extract -- 327 mg - 120 Tablets
Planetary Herbals Reishi Mushroom Supreme™ -- 650 mg - 200 Tablets
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