Adaptogens: what are they and how do they improve your wellness?

Adaptogens are plant-based herbs and roots which help the body reduce anxiety and stress - be it physical, chemical or biological - whilst also naturally improving energy levels.

Adaptogens originate from Far Eastern and Ayurvedic cultures and have been used for centuries as a way of fighting inflammation, stress, and fatigue. Having had a major resurgence within the wellness industry the past few years, you have probably heard how they’re gaining ground as a holistic way to heal body and mind. Adaptogens are also recognised outside of the alternative wellness space; several medical professionals have confirmed that they do indeed help the body manage stressors and inflammatory reactions.

Over the past years, big brands such as Starbucks, GT Living Foods and ALIVE have invested a significant amount of capital into research and development of adaptogen based products. Adaptogen beverages and other Ayurvedic remedies such as Turmeric and Matcha Lattes are currently dominating the café scene. The market is expected to grow to £2.6 million by 2025 – and this comprises health supplements. Factors driving this growth include:

  • Consumer awareness (people opting for healthier lifestyle)
  • Growing interest in alternative forms of medicine
  • Increase of CBD consumption

For example, Taka Coffee co-founder Kal Freese created a vegan and keto line of nutritional canned coffee which contains five adaptogens to help lessen the adverse side effects of caffeine whilst increasing functionality for consumers (mild coffee consumption isn’t exactly terrible but when you’re talking about several cups per day – you may want to rejig your approach). His philosophy is that we should “enjoy coffee without all the side effects.”

Adaptogens can be found in various herbal supplements. It’s important to note that each adaptogen has a slightly different function, so the best one for you will depend on the specific ailment you’re experiencing.

An adaptogen that’s receiving a lot of attention these days is Ashwaganda which reduces stress, anxiety, and promotes a healthy nervous system. It’s iron-rich which helps balance out your metabolism and hormones – it’s also fantastic for skin health as its antioxidants neutralises irritated skin.

Its benefits reach far and wide, including:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Skin conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart health (lowering high blood pressure, preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol)

Studies conducted a few years ago reported that when taking 250mg or 600mg of Ashwaganda on a daily basis, stress and cortisol levels decrease significantly. If you want to include Adaptogens in your diet, teas, powders, or tinctures will provide you with an easily digestible dose of the herbs. You can add them to drinks (hot or cold), salad dressings or soups. Adaptogens give best results when used on a regular basis – it can take a few weeks for your body to start adapting to their benefits so it’s important to stay consistent. Ashwaganda should work for most people, though we always recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating if you have any concerns.

Adaptogens is something we’re passionate about at Molecule as we’re focused on plant-based wellness. We advocate for a healthier lifestyle by incorporating high-quality, performance driven adaptogens such as CBD in your daily life. We provide a bespoke natural wellness experience, matching you with the best products for your specific concerns whether that is physical or mental health as well as skin conditions. Our wellness bar serves organic coffee and adaptogen lattes (which can be offered with or without CBD): all our ingredients are organic and natural. We also offer calming meditation, sound healing, and yoga classes in our wellness studio – giving you a 360-degree urban retreat experience.

If you’d like to find out more about our Adaptogen collection or how CBD can help enhance your overall wellness, you can visit our store in Notting Hill and meet the Molecule Team. If you are based outside of London (or the UK), we also offer 1-2-1 consultations over the phone and email.

 

 

 

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