Adaptogens: What They Are and Why You Need Them
But what are they for? If you've done any research on or thinking about adaptogens, you'll know that this is one of the most pressing questions regarding them - and one of the most difficult to answer. The reason it's difficult to answer is that, by definition, adaptogens are helpful but for non-specific conditions. Most are well known in traditional cultures for their abilities to improve immunity, increase stamina, and enhance the body's overall ability to deal with stress, but usually there are no single, specific maladies that adaptogens particularly target.
Because they often have a long history of use in traditional cultures going back well before modern society identified them as adaptogens, their use for all kinds of conditions -- including endurance, sexual function, longevity, and mental acuity -- is time-honored, and various regions have various adaptogens particular to them.
One of the best known, ginseng, features varieties native to Asia and North America. Rhodiola has long been used in Russia and the Nordic countries. Ashwagandha is a staple in the Ayurvedic medical traditions of India. Eleuthero, though not actually a true form of ginseng, is Siberia's contribution, and is often sold under the name of "Siberian Ginseng." The Peruvian Andes give us maca. And relora and astragalus have long been favourites in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Non- addictive and all natural, these adaptogens are perfect for those finding themselves swamped with the cares of the modern world and looking for a way to boost their bodies' responses to stress both natural and unnatural.
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