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2/10/20 | Education

A Deep Dive into the Awesome World of Adaptogens

Maybe you haven’t heard of adaptogens yet, but trust us, they’re very exciting. At Cured Nutrition, we even use adaptogens in many of our products. Taking a deep dive into the awesome world of adaptogens and adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms will help you understand their valuable benefits.  

 

What are Adaptogens?  

 

The word adaptogens has a Russian origin and began appearing more prevalently in the English language in the 1960’s. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “adaptogen” is defined as, “a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.” 

 

A study by the Swedish Herbal Institute of Research and Development found significant data on the effects of adaptogens on mammals. More specifically, the study states that, “…adaptogens exhibit neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anxiolytic, nootropic and CNS stimulating activity.” On a cellular level, adaptogens have broad benefits, contributing to the overall health of consumers.  

 

This data explains why adaptogens have been used in Eastern and holistic medicine for centuries. Now, in the present era, herbalists, functional practitioners, and integrative medicine centers are taking a second look at the benefits of adaptogens. In a world where consumers have sometimes found themselves in precarious situations relying on addictive pharmaceuticals, adaptogens might be a much-needed all-natural alternative. 

 

There are many types of adaptogens. It’s important to know that all adaptogens are natural and can be broken down into different forms. It’s not uncommon for adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms to be made into delicious tinctures, ground into powders for capsules, mixed into household recipes, and even eaten raw. 

 

What are Adaptogenic Herbs? 

 

Chances are, you’ve eaten, cooked with, and most likely enjoyed adaptogenic herbs before. Here are a few types of adaptogenic herbs: 

 

Aloe Vera  

 

Aloe Vera is a plant of many uses. This adaptogenic herb is known as a household sunburn treatment, but cellularly also acts as an antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory. 

 

Ginseng 

 

Ginseng is an herbal ingredient found in many teas. Preliminary research suggests that ginseng may decrease symptoms of cognitive decline. 

 

Licorice  

 

Licorice is known for its distinctive flavor. This root has long been used for its antiviral and antimicrobial benefits, and studies confirm these properties.  

 

Rosemary 

 

Rosemary is a staple of many recipes, known for its savory but refreshing flavor. Fragrant essential oils are often also made from the rosemary herb. These factors, alongside research, demonstrate the antioxidant properties in this natural herb. 

 

What are Adaptogenic Mushrooms? 

 

Like their herbal counterparts, adaptogenic mushrooms are naturally beneficial. Society often speaks broadly about the immune benefits of mushrooms, but not all mushrooms are created equally. Again and again, studies show the holistic potential of adaptogenic mushrooms.  

 

Here are some common types of adaptogenic mushrooms

 

Reishi   

 

Shaped like small kidneys, the reishi mushroom has long been praised for its immune benefits. Reishi mushrooms contain many essential vitamins and minerals, making these mushrooms a great natural immune boost. 

 

Shiitake   

 

Shiitake should not just be known for their savory flavors and dense texture. In fact, studies show that shiitake mushrooms help to increase immunity when consumed consistently. 

 

Turkey  Tail

 

Yes, turkey tail mushrooms look like turkeys. In addition to this physical quirk, turkey tail mushrooms have been found to stimulate the human immune system. Think a wake up call, but for your cells to take action. 

 

Why does Cured use Adaptogens?    

 

At Cured, we’ve worked hard to create a line of pure, lab-tested, and functional CBD products. Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms complement CBD, allowing our community to get the most out of our products.  

 

Adaptogens are natural and oftentimes delicious additions to the products we love to make and share with all of you.

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