What Are Adaptogens And Why You Should Be Taking Them

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Feeling sluggish? Not sleeping well? Low sex drive? Then maybe it's time you start taking adaptogens to get your body back on track.

What the F is An Adaptogen?

Adaptogens are a group of holistic herbs that have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. They do exactly what they sound like they would do: they adapt to our bodies needs, to combat stress and fatigue, boost stamina, and alter your libido. 

For an herb to be considered an adaptogen, it must be non-harmful and able to change how it effects a person's body according to a person's needs. Some adaptogens are better for certain ailments and conditions than others.

For example, Maca, Gingsing, Rhodiola Rosea, and Eleuthero provide stamina and energy for the body on a mental and physical level. Holy Basil, Reishi, and Ashwagandha, on the other hand, have a calming effect that can combat stress.

How Do They Work?

Adaptogens effect the adrenal glands, a set of glands that are in our lower back near our kidneys. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing sex hormones and corticosteroids which regulate our sleep, control inflammation, and help us generate energy. Taking an adaptogen will balance the glands' hormone production and balance energy levels, sleep, sex drive, and immunity.

Should You Be Taking Them?

You know your body best. If you're feeling off, you could benefit from an adaptogen supplement. Needless to say we all feel a little off at some point, so pretty much anyone can benefit from the use of

How to Take an Adaptogen?

Adapotogens come in many forms from supplement pills, to tinctures, to powders that you can add into smoothies, teas, or foods. You can take them in any way that you would prefer. Our recommendation is to check with a professional about which adaptogens are right for you, how best to be taking them, and the frequency you should be dosing.


Alder New York and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on Alder New York is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program.


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