What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a specialized group of functional herbs or plants that are used for the stabilization of physiological processes and the promotion of homeostasis.
Put simply, adaptogens help the body “adapt” to stress, and although it seems like the next hottest trend in the health and wellness industry, adaptogens have been used for centuries.
Herbal medicine has remained the pillar of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and adaptogens have been used widely as a way of life. They can be easily added as whole ingredients into smoothies or coffee or can be supplemented in capsule or powder form in convenient blends. Check out the many adaptogens found in NANO MUSHROOM COMPLEX which contains powdered Chaga, cordyceps, reishi, and lion's mane mushrooms to name just a few, that help support brain health, cognitive function, natural energy, and immune health. The following list details some of the most powerful functional mushrooms and the benefits they offer as well as some other amazing adaptogenic herbs and plants.
Inonotus obliquus, commonly called Chaga has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) values in the world at 52,000, meaning that it is a super antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. 215 phytochemicals have been identified in Chaga which are powerful and diverse health-promoting allies that aren’t always typically found in varying amounts in a typical diet. There is also 50 times more superoxide dismutase (SOD) found in Chaga than in any other medicinal mushroom. SOD is the body’s most powerful antioxidant enzyme found within every cell. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent and is used as an anti-aging ingredient because it reduces free radical damage in the skin.
There are about 600 different species of Cordyceps, which is sometimes known as the caterpillar fungus.
Cordyceps became more popular after the 1993 Chinese National Games when a group of female athletes broke nine world records. After their victory, the group of women mentioned they were taking cordyceps regularly. Cordyceps has been shown to increase the body’s production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which delivers essential energy to all cells. One study suggests that cordyceps may boost exercise performance due to this. Cordyceps is utilized in traditional Chinese medicine to treat asthma and improve kidney function, heart health, and sexual vitality.
Scientifically known as Ganoderma Lucidum, the reishi mushroom has many adaptogenic properties and is commonly used in adaptogen blends due to the vast benefits it provides.
It’s commonly referred to as the “mushroom of immortality” and in some cultures, it represents royalty and eternal life. Reishi is special in the sense that it has a compounding effect; as you begin a regimen with this marvelous mushroom, the benefits increase and create a sort of entourage effect within the body. Reishi, like most adaptogens, helps combat oxidative stress that we encounter every day from free radicals. It’s also known for helping the body regulate cortisol levels which is critical for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Other perks include improved memory and concentration, reduced anxiety, and better sleep.
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Other common adaptogens include ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, turmeric, and ginseng, all of which are used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. We continue to see trends emerge that highlight the truly amazing health benefits that mushrooms and herbs provide. While it may feel overwhelming to know where to begin with adaptogens, it doesn’t have to be. NANO mushrooms are cultivated organically indoors and are of premium quality. If you are looking to begin experiencing some of the health benefits listed above be sure to try NANO MUSHROOM COMPLEX as an easy and affordable way to get eight of the most adaptogenic mushrooms into your daily routine.
If you are interested in creating customized blends or products, contact NANO Fungi for wholesale pricing of the highest quality powdered mushrooms including Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Maine, and Cordyceps.
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