Adaptogens That You Really Shouldn't Be Without

An adaptogen is a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. A well-known example is ginseng, although experts say that there is really no Chinese ginseng left in the world. The ginseng you see in the stores that doesn't need you to take out a second mortgage to buy is probably Korean or American - both having different qualities to the traditional Chinese strain. 

1. Astragalus 
This boosts white blood cells and therefore the immune system. It reduces the binding potential of stress hormones, which is a good thing on a bad day. 

2. Rhodiola Rosea
This suppresses cortisol binding as well, but boosts oxygen absorption and elevates mood and fights aging. What could be better?

3. Siberian Ginseng or Eleutherococcus Senticosus (eleuthero)  
This is a great sports rehab herb. It increase cell multiplication for muscle repair, oxygenates the blood, boosts endurance and is a great mood stabilizer. 

4. Reishi  
Do you want more gas in your tank? Then reishi will help you, but gently.  It's a potent antioxidant, immune system supporter and anti-tumor agent. 

5. Gynostemma 
Relaxing, energizing, calming, anti-inflammatory, this plant also helps balance blood sugar levels as well as soothing the digestive process. Best drunk as a tea, you would do well to have some of this in your kitchen at all times. 

6. Maca
With at least 55 phytonutrients that help your body do what it does best, maca is high in iodine and  maximizes sperm motility. If you're trying to get pregnant, this should help both Mr. and Mrs. For a doubly potent effect, mix some powder in with your oatmeal in the morning. 

7. Schizandra
This is great for "retaining essence," which means, amongst other things, allowing your body to benefit from what you put into it before getting rid of it. It's great for the skin, for virility and for peri-menopause when the lubricating fluids are in short supply. 

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