How adaptogens can help
with stress and mild anxiety.
with stress and mild anxiety.
It might be a slightly overused expression these days, but ‘adulting’ can be really hard. Juggling work or study while still finding time for family, friends and fitness…it can sometimes feel like just too much. And when you feel stressed and overwhelmed for extended periods of time, it can take its toll on your body, increasing your risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke.
So what can you do to ease stress and return your body to homeostasis? Well, on top of the obvious things like having good sleep hygiene, exercising regularly and practising daily meditation, many people find that supplementing with the right adaptogens can be a big help in managing their stress levels.
Adaptogens are active ingredients in certain plants and mushrooms that have been used by varying cultures around the world for thousands of years. For example, adaptogens play a key role in the ancient Indian medical system Ayurveda. Adaptogens can impact how our bodies deal with stress, anxiety and fatigue due to their ability to target specific stressors in the body.
In the early 1960s, the study of adaptogens developed into a field of biomedicinal research in its own right in the USSR. The extent of the research carried out was enormous, with over 1,000 studies published in the USSR until 1982.
Adaptogens were determined to be useful in the Soviet space exploration program as well as Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, Olympic games, chess competitions, in the nuclear energy industry, and in many other stressful situations and conditions.
So how do adaptogens help with stress?
Adaptogens help the body adapt to the pressures and stress of daily life. They assist us in reacting to and recovering from short and long-term physical or mental stress, fatigue, mental exhaustion and boost overall wellbeing. Adaptogens work at the cellular level by regulating a stable balance of cortisol levels in the body's central stress response system known as the HPA axis (hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands).
Here are a few findings from relevant studies on adaptogens:
One study investigated the effects of Rhodiola extract in 101 people with life and work-related stress. It found significant improvements in symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety, after just three days. These improvements continued throughout the study .
Research out of Australia and New Zealand suggests Bacopa monnieri has positive mood effects and reduction in cortisol levels, pointing to a physiological mechanism for stress reduction.
A 6-week study 88% of people who took Ashwagandha reported a reduction in anxiety, compared with 50% of those who took a placebo.
Another study indicated that the active ingredients of Cordyceps sinensis may exert antidepressant effects by regulating the CREB binding protein and anti-oxidative stress effects.
At AusVitality, we believe prevention is better than a cure - and as a result, we believe in preparing our customers with the right adaptogens to help them counteract the harmful effects of everyday stresses.
It’s no coincidence that these 5 adaptogens above are the ones that were selected for AusVitality Mindlift. Along with 6 other powerful active ingredients, these adaptogens were chosen by our team of chemists and practitioners for their ability to help optimise cognitive performance, energy levels and stress responses.