Adaptogens are compounds often found in herbs that help the body adapt to stress and stabilize physiological processes, making stress easier for the body to handle. After all, you can’t always control the stressors you have to deal with, but you can choose to adapt effectively.
Nootropics Depot offers several products that are considered adaptogens, including Bacopa Monnieri, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, and Whole Fruiting Body Medicinal Mushroom Extracts. Click on each product below to learn more, read adaptogen reviews, and purchase adaptogenic nootropics.
Stress has become a modern epidemic, bleeding into everyday life and contributing to a wide range of serious health problems. A common reason to consider use of adaptogens is because they are natural substances that aim to neutralize the effects of stress, help the body adapt to sudden changes, and maintain homeostasis when experiencing stress. Adaptogens are designed to regulate responses and control stress that may cause damage or trigger health problems.
Many natural nootropics may possess adaptogen properties, offering a high potential for dealing with stress while improving other aspects of your cognitive, emotional, and physical health.
Scientifically known as Withania somnifera, ashwagandha is a plant that grows throughout India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The plant, along with its berries and roots, plays a foundational role in Ayurvedic medicine, which used ashwagandha as an overall rejuvenator.
Studies have found that ashwagandha is an adaptogen, helping the mind, body, and emotions better adapt to stressors. This may lead to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression while improving overall sleep quality. Ashwagandha may also increase strength and energy levels, reduce fatigue, and promote greater all-around athletic performance.
More commonly known as water hyssop, Bacopa monnieri is an herb often used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Bacopa monnieri has been found to reduce anxiety. Along with its potential adaptogen uses, Bacopa monnieri has been studied for possible effects on cognitive health and mental performance. Research shows that Bacopa monnieri and its extracts may increase the growth of nerve endings, known as dendrites. This may enhance the rate of synapses in the nervous system, promoting improved neuron communication. This can potentially result in improved memory formation, increased focus and attention, and greater mental performance and cognitive function.
Two common proprietary extracts of Bacopa monnieri include Bacognize and Synapsa.
Cordyceps is a genus of sac fungi and mushrooms comprising more than 400 known species. These medicinal mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia with the first known recordings of cordyceps noted in a Chinese medical herb text from 200 A.D.
Along with potential adaptogen benefits, cordyceps may be used for a variety of ailments, including kidney and liver disorders, cold symptoms, respiratory problems, and anemia. Research suggests that cordyceps may help to improve immunities by potentiating cells involved in the immune system. Cordyceps may also possess powerful antioxidant properties. Other trials have shown that cordyceps has the potential to reduce fatigue.
Panax ginseng, often considered true ginseng, has been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine where it is considered a panacea for a variety of common disorders. In studies, panax ginseng has been shown to enhance cognition, especially regarding improvements to spatial and working memory. Panax ginseng may also improve focus and cognitive processes.
Studies also suggest that panax ginseng can significantly boost and repair the immune system while normalizing regular bodily functions.
While most users focus on the root, extracts can be taken from both the root and the leaf. GS15-4 is a proprietary panax ginseng extract.
Used in traditional Chinese medicine, Polygala tenuifolia is a root that has traditionally been used as a neuroprotective, preventing damage to the brain and nerves. Research on rats suggests that this root may improve cognition and possess anti-depressant properties. Some studies have also shown its potential for improving spatial recognition and organization. As an adaptogen, Polygala tenuifolia may increase the levels of certain compounds that control brain and nerve growth.
A varietal of the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, Red Reishi mushrooms are the most commonly used and cultivated, used since 300 BC in Chinese herbal medicines. Red Reishi may display powerful antioxidant properties, preventing damage or mutation from free radicals. Some studies also show that Red Reishi may reduce fatigue, improve sleep quality, and limit symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may also bolster the immune system when weakened.
Rhodiola rosea is a plant that grows in cold regions and high altitudes. Scientists have identified about 140 active compounds in the plant. The plant has been found to potentially fight fatigue and increase mental performance in the process. Clinical studies show that Rhodiola rosea may also improve concentration, focus, and alertness. Rhodiola roseamay also help fight mild to moderate symptoms of depression.