You’ve heard it like, a million times. Adaptogens are plants such as herbs and mushrooms that have been used for hundreds of years in ayurvedic medicine, thought to have many benefits (and differing slightly from adaptogen to adaptogen) but all lend to helping the body adapt to all forms of stress, be it physical, psychological, or chemical.
You get it, and I get it. Adaptogens are great for keeping us from stressing the hell out and all of the damaging effects that can take on the body and mind.
And that alone makes adaptogens pretty cool. But if you need a little more read on….
5 Facts about Adaptogens You Didn’t Know
- Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. I don’t care if it gives me gold in my pockets, it isn’t something I am aching to try.
- Mucuna Pruriens – also known as the dopamine bean is thought to be a natural aphrodisiac… I’d rather have my aphrodisiacs in the form of chocolate, but I like the random fact.
- Depending on who you get your info from, Licorice is sometimes classified as an adaptogen, though it doesn’t meet 100% of the criteria.
- Eleuthero, the adaptogen known for its slew of benefits ranging from improved cognitive function to the treatment of genital herpes, is also sometimes referred to as the “Devil’s bush” and “touch me nots”…. How tempting.
- Chagra, the mushroom that grows on birch trees and resembles a black clump of moist dirt was used by soldiers in Finland as an alternative to coffee in World War II.
So the next time you’re at a dinner party and your holistic nutritionist friend tries to share her in-depth knowledge of adaptogens, school her with these fun facts.