Should You Be Taking Adaptogens?

Posted by on Monday, June 11, 2018

You may have heard about adaptogens and how they seem to be the latest trend in health and wellness. It seems like everywhere you look they are putting adaptogens like mushrooms in coffee and into powders to drip in your favorite drink. 

So, what’s up with adaptogens and why have they gotten so popular recently? 

I’ve talked about dealing with adrenal issues in the past so I’m sure you have heard my story before but if you haven’t I will give you a brief history. Over a decade ago I suffered from adrenal fatigue, it was caused by over exercises (as a group fitness instructor teaching over 15 hours of cardio classes a week) 

We have to deal with so much stress in our lives these days that our adrenals become out of balanced resulting in brain fog, sleeping issues, sugar cravings, low immunity, hormone imbalances among many other health issues. 

Adaptogens are a class of herbs that have been used in traditional Chinese medicines that help the body to “adapt” to the stress in your life.

These class of herbs works by regulating the adrenal stress response. 

Who should take adaptogens?

Anyone would benefit from taking adaptogens since we all deal with stress on a daily basis. 

Top Adaptogens 


Helps to improve physical stamina and exercise performance and has been shown to reduces fatigue.  Ginseng Improves the ability to deal with stress and Improves memory. It also Improves libido and male fertility problems. 


Helps to improve energy, memory, and learning and prevents premature aging. Ashwagandha helps to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and reduce inflammation. It also helps to increase immunity and can help in the treatment of infertility. 


Is the known as the anti-anxiety adaptogen, and can help to support strong mental performance. It can help to reduce stress and that burn out irritability feeling. It can be used in the treatment of chronic stress headache and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Holy Basil 

Helps to improve energy, relieve fatigue and increase vitality. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action and to lower blood glucose and cholesterol. 

Medicinal, Reishi Mushrooms 

Reishi Mushrooms has been known in Chinese medicine to nourish and support adrenal function. Reishi Mushrooms promote immunity, reduce inflammation and can help support the body’s natural ability to detoxify from environmental toxins. 

Best Adaptogen Products 

Stress Manager (Herb Pharm): A blend of the liquid extracts of Eleuthero root, Reishi fruiting body, Holy Basil leaf, Rhodiola root, and Schisandra Berry

Adrenal Health (Gaia Herbs): Capsules with a blend of Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Rhodiola, Schisandra, and Wild Oats

Vital Adapt (Natura Natural Products): A blend of the liquid extracts of many well-known adaptogenic botanicals including Eleutherococcus, Rhodiola, Schizandra, and Ashwagandha.

Moon Dust- different powders formulated with adaptogens to help nourish your body. 

Four Sigmatic- numerous products that contain adaptogens in their products like coffee, hot chocolate, and lemonade.