In the survival of the fittest – adaptation is key! Adaptogens are a unique group of compounds found in plants that stabilize physiological systems and encourage balance in the body. They have been touted for their positive effects on the adrenal system, and the physiological response to stress. What’s EXTRA amazing is that they have the ability to adapt within the body to address specific needs – helping to offset the effects of stress on your body!
A plant categorized as an adaptogen meets the following criteria:
- It is nontoxic and harmless to the host.
- It has a general, nonspecific effect.
- It regulates or normalizes organ and system function.
- It increases resistance to a variety of physical, chemical, and biological stressors.
We all know that nourishment is essential to health, and can help the body resist some of the effects of stress. With this in mind, greens+ was formulated to include adaptogenic ingredients – to help the body cope with stress that is an inevitable part of modern life. Here are the amazing, stress –reducing ingredients found in the greens+ formula:
Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza uralensi)
Licorice root has a long history of medicinal use for countering fatigue, offering adrenal support and promoting healthy immune system functioning. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant polyphenols which ward off oxidative damage on the cells of the body. Licorice root also prevents the suppression of immunity by stress, displays antibiotic activity, and is high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids to nourish and sustain proper adrenal function. Finally, licorice root has been shown to have potent antioxidant activity.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Siberian Eluthero Ginseng is known as an anti-fatigue, anti-stress, adaptogenic herb, that has the effect of building both stamina and endurance. In studies, Siberian ginseng has been shown to increase mental alertness, enhance work and athletic performance, and increase the body’s capacity to endure mental and physical stressors.
Given that a large portion of the energy drain in our modern world is attributed to stress, adaptogens play an important role in our greens+ extra energy formula that contains:
Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea)
Used for years in Russia as a means to safely reduce fatigue and improve physical and mental performance, many high quality, controlled human studies support the effects of Rhodiola in:
- Improving endurance and exercise performance
- Improving mental performance under stressful, sleep-deprived situations
- Improving mental performance, physical endurance and ability to perform complex tasks
- Having a significant anti-fatigue effect according to scores on the Anti-Fatigue Index (ADI)
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Used traditionally throughout Asia as an energy and immune tonic. Astragalus is often combined with other adaptogens to increase energy and diminish the effects of stress. Experimental research shows that Astragalus has a synergistic effect with Rhodiola in reducing the effects of environmental stress (such as excess noise). As part of a combination formula, Astragalus improved exhaustion time, positively influence anaerobic performance, and also enhanced recovery from fatigue.