In this blog I willdiscuss the top 10 adaptogens that can help you to cope with the physical
demands placed on your body because of stress and I will discuss how these
herbs can help you to cope with painful, inflammatory conditions.
This herb has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years and it has many benefits, one of which is helping the immune system, which in turn helps to protect your body when you are stressed2.
This adaptogen also helps decrease the levels of cortisol being produced by your adrenal glands which means less of a stress response and less chance of harmful inflammation happening.
- Holy Basil
Holy basil is known to be a very strong adaptogenic substance since it helps the adrenal glands and it helps immune function in the body. Since this adaptogen affects the adrenal glands it helps with cortisol levels in the body, which we know is a problem when you have long-term chronic stress.
Basil, can even help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These are medical problems in which there is inflammation in the joints, in the case of RA, and the intestines, in the case of IBD.
- Astragalus Roots
Astragalus helps in strengthening the body particularly when people are run down and ill3. This herb also helps strengthen the immune system and even helps people who have to deal with the physical stresses of chemotherapy.
It is one more adaptogen that you would be wise to look for in a supplement. Astragalus also assists with diabetes and it is a fact that diabetics often have high levels of inflammatory chemicals present, worsening their state of health. If you are a diabetic, then, this is an adaptogen that can help you. It is also helpful if you suffer from fibromyalgia, an often misunderstood and painful condition.
- Panax Ginseng
Of all the adaptogens I am discussing, this is likely the one you have heard of before. Ginseng has a reputation as an excellent adaptogenic substance that increases vitality and helps with stress. Panax ginseng has been shown to decrease levels of stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands4.
Besides this, ginseng helps regulate the immune response which is important considering an overactive immune system is a cause of many inflammatory conditions, including autoimmune illnesses such as RA and even multiple sclerosis.
- Eleutherococcus Senticosus Root
The Eleutherococcus root has often been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the human body5. This herb also helps increase numbers of some of the white blood cells that are crucial for the immune response, but it helps regulate the system so we don’t have excessive inflammation.
The herb helps with mood as well, which is useful since inflammation has a damaging effect on the chemicals in the brain that help your mood. Taking a supplement with eleutherococcus can thus help you to remain calmer and be less stressed out.
- Rhodiola Rosea Roots
Similar to Eleutherococcus, the root of Rhodiola is also an adaptogenic herb. Rhodiola root helps with fatigue and helps increase a person’s strength. Exhaustion and weakness are common side effects of stress, burnout and inflammatory conditions, so this is a helpful herb to take to help you get your strength back.
Being tired all the time is not fun, and you know that this can cause your body to be so weakened that you become vulnerable to disease.
- Maca Root
Maca root is an adaptogen that helps you to resist stress because it helps keep you calm and improves your stamina. This is an excellent tonic that helps to balance the body and helps you to cope with the demands of everyday life.
You can even get Maca root powder which you can add to a smoothie to make a tasty anti-inflammatory drink.
Turmeric is a very useful herb since it contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Besides this, it is a good adaptogenic substance that helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in the blood6.
Turmeric is, in general, a good herb to take because it has multiple beneficial effects in the body and can, besides helping to reduce the impacts of stress hormones, help with pain due to inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. This adaptogen can even be helpful if you have a temporary injury such as a sprained ankle or wrist. It is an herb that is commonly added to many Indian dishes to give them flavor, plus it has all these wonderful benefits.
- Amla Fruits
One of the most useful adaptatogens out there is Amla Fruits. I can tell you that this is a plant that has been used medicinally in Asia for many years. It is considered by many in the Ayruvedic medicine community to be somewhat of a wonder herb7.
Amla fruits are also known as Indian Gooseberry, and they help your body with stress and it even works to protect the stomach and the liver from becoming inflamed.
All parts of the plant are useful but the fruit in particular is rich in antioxidants and other beneficial chemicals that in turn protect cells from damage. You can use Amla Fruits to treat inflammation and pain that is commonly related to arthritis, which many people develop as they get older.
- Licorice Root
Once more, we have an adaptogenic plant that has the most useful substances found in the root. Licorice root helps regulate adrenal function by reducing the concentrations of cortisol in the body. It has many other helpful qualities including helping to ease stomach discomfort and pain.
Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory activity. This helps to soothe painful inflammation in the stomach and helps decrease heartburn. All around, it is an excellent adaptogenic herb.
To summarize, I have discussed how you can help your body to deal with stress and inflammatory conditions, by looking for a supplement that contains the adaptogens that I have mentioned above. These are not the only herbs that are beneficial to the body in times of stress and when you are struggling with painful inflammation, but they are certainly in the top 10 when it comes to their adaptogenic ability and helpful properties.
These herbs can help you cope with the pain and discomfort associated with many ailments. Remember too that inflammation also impacts the brain leading to psychological problems, so it really is a smart move looking into adaptogens to help you.
Do stay tuned to our blog to learn more about what substances can help you heal from everyday inflammation. There is much that I still want to teach you about helpful plant extracts and other substances that can help you to stay healthy and feel better!