What Are Adaptogens & How Do They Work?

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What Are Adaptogens & How Do They Work?

Adaptogens have certainly been a bit of a buzzword in the health and wellness world in recent years. But unlike many woo-woo ‘trends’, adaptogens have been around for eons and truly stand up to the hype.

What Are Adaptogens?

Put simply, adaptogens are classed as herbal pharmaceuticals or non-toxic plants that support the body’s nervous system and response to stress—whether it be physical, psychological or biological. Most adaptogens also have their roots firmly planted in Eastern medicine—with both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic healing modalities utilising adaptogenic herbs for thousands of years, prescribing them to treat a variety of physiological and psychological ailments.

While their ability to help the body maintain homeostasis is what makes them so useful for helping us to deal with life’s stressors, (supporting our adrenal glands, regulating blood pressure and balancing our stress hormones)—their other benefits include helping to combat fatigue, support energy metabolism, boost cognitive function, ease symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve sleep.

Should You Take An Adaptogen Supplement?

As with any supplement, it’s important to do your own research as not all supplements are created equal. With adaptogens available in many forms—including teas, tinctures, powders and tonics—it’s vital to establish the level of adaptogens contained in your chosen formula and also consider the other ingredients used. Are they beneficial? Are the ingredients sustainable? What are the potential side effects?

As mentioned above, adaptogens also have varying effects on the body, so it’s important to choose the right adaptogen for you before adding it to your beauty or wellness routine.

The Beauty Chef Difference

The way adaptogens work holistically to support overall health, beauty and wellbeing perfectly reflects our own philosophy— which is why we have incorporated a few of these powerful herbs—including Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Licorice—into our bio-fermented ADAPTOGEN Inner Beauty Boost. Designed for stressed skin, this delicious kola-nut flavoured elixir not only supports your body’s response to stress, it reduces fatigue, refreshes tired-looking skin, calms a ruddy complexion and nourishes your gut, too. As always, The Beauty Chef’s exclusive Flora CultureTM bio-fermentation process helps to supercharge each ingredient, increasing their potency and bioavailability— for even greater benefits.