From the early years of human evolution, we have used plants and its derivatives for nourishment and to combat diseases that made the plants especially the herbs essential for survival. Unlike today there were no sophisticated lab tests to isolate the active compounds and most herbs were selected by observing its effect on human body. However due to the advancing scientific knowledge scientists have been able to identify and isolate many compounds within herbs which can drastically alter several physiological processes making us healthy and feel better most of the time. The famed ‘adaptogenic ability’ of a few herbs is one such thing.
What is adaptogenic ability?
Simply, it is the ability of any substance to make you adapt to stressful or worrisome mental and physical conditions. This is not the acute or short-term stress like feeling tired after running, it is the chronic or long-term stress that really gets into you and makes you both mentally and physically not well. Stress is becoming rampant in the UK as 75% to 95% primary care visits are either directly or indirectly related to it. Long standing stress can result in health hazards like peptic Ulcer, heart diseases, forgetfulness, poor immunity, insomnia and depression and when untreated it can accelerate the ageing and result in a premature death.
Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that contain chemical substances capable of keeping you rejuvenated throughout the day by improving the heart function, immune action, and your mental capacity. Our adaptogenic herb extract capsules contain un-adultered essence of six proven adaptogenic herbs which are,
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Waterhyssop (Bacopa monnieri)
- Cordyceps sinensis
- Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
- Rhodiola rosea
- Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
A brief discussion on each
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Being one of the most important Rasayana (a rejuvenator) in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional herbalists have used this strong odored chemical for over millennia. The term ‘Ashwagandha’ literally means “smell of the horse” and it has been found to reduce stress and anxiety intensity by a huge 44 percent while decreasing the stress hormone cortisol by 28 percent. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands in response to chronic stress and are tiny pyramid-like structures located on top of each kidney. Studies done in India show this reduction in cortisol can significantly improve anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and increase overall productivity. This vital herb has also shown to improve cardio-respiratory endurance resulting in high oxygen consumption.
Waterhyssop (Bacopa monnieri)
Also known as ‘Indian pennywort’ this creeping herb is native to Southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa and grows in marshy lands. As a powerful adaptogen, Waterhyssop mainly refashions the brain and nervous system against stressful conditions. It improves your ‘cognition’ which deals with memory, judgment, and reasoning keeping you relaxed at the same time alert, warding off any negative moods or emotions resulted from long-standing stress. These abilities were proven without a doubt by a series of tests conducted at the ‘Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
The miraculous fungus ‘cordyceps’ literally starts its life as a worm in the winter and becomes a plant (mushroom) in the summer. Chemical constituents and a number of peptides are responsible for the unique stress-busting abilities of cordyceps. When we are exposed to long-standing physical stresses gradually our immune system that protects us from infections become weak making us vulnerable to life-threatening infections.
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
No, this isn’t your average basil and holy basil or Tulsi has been used medicinally for centuries in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine for treating a number of ailments. Its leaves are a great source of essential oils, containing eugenol, camphor, and a variety of terpenes and flavonoids contributing to its adaptogenic properties. Being a typical adaptogen, it regulates the serum cortisol levels which elevate the mental and physical stress and thereby controls blood sugar, blood pressure and stress hormone levels like adrenaline and glucagon. In India, its is renowned as the “elixir of anti-aging” which may be due to its anti-cortisol action as a stress-free body generally contains fewer oxidants that cause ageing.
Growing naturally in wild Arctic regions of Europe, including Britain, Rhodiola rosea or ‘golden root’ has a well-established reputation for its stress reducing properties especially in handling the symptoms from chronic stress. Russian researchers have observed its ability to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors and regular repeated use has shown to battle decline in work performance, sleep difficulties, poor appetite, irritability, headaches, and fatigue hence improving the quality of life.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
This valued herb has been used for centuries in Eastern countries, including China and Russia but despite its name, it is completely different from American (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and has different active chemical components. Western herbalists have noted that it improves memory, feelings of well-being and can lift mild depression while battling the chronic fatigue syndrome. Its regular use also has shown to enhance athletic performance.
Why choose our product?
We use cutting edge extraction procedures allowing to retain the maximum efficacy and bioavailability so that you can get the maximum from what mother nature has to offer.
This product contains zero synthetic ingredients, anti-caking agents, preservatives, colours or flavors.
It is our humble goal to assist everybody in achieving a healthy optimal lifestyle by providing 100 % pure herbal products reinstating the faith in years old Herbal medicine.