How Adaptogens Can Boost Immunity ?
With extraordinary immune boosting powers, adaptogens are herbs that have been derived from plant parts, that are growing in popularity. Used in Eastern medicine for generations, adaptogens have been shown to correct imbalances within different systems of the body. Some of the most common adaptogen varieties come from ginseng, holy basil, and schisandra. While still somewhat new in western holistic practices, these herbs in their various forms are gaining popularity for their seemingly cure all magic.
David Winston, founding member of the American Herbalists Guild has been singing these essential seasonings praises since co-authoring a book on the subject. "Adaptogenic herbs increase your body's resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors," Winston states. "They may also build stamina, ease anxiety, or enhance cognitive function." He continues by saying it is important to remember that different herbs have different specific capabilities.
Asian ginseng as an adaptogen is known best for boosting vitality. Coming from the ginseng root, the oil or tincture can improve cognitive function and strengthen your body’s performance. Those who suffer from weakened immune systems often turn to Asian ginseng when they need a pick me up. In addition, studies have shown that ginseng has anti-inflammatory properties which can protect your DNA and prevent frequent colds or other illnesses.
Most often seen in different Southeast Asian dishes, holy basil has adaptogenic properties when used in medicine. Known to be a powerful antioxidant, this member of the mint family has been used as an anti-fungal, headache reliever, and even ulcers. Many scientific studies have been conducted on holy basil’s medicinal properties, including its potential in treating cancer and diabetes. The most compelling research however states that holy basil is best as a stress reliever. Adaptogens like holy basil do not alter the mood, but instead they improve the body’s reaction to negative emotions like stress.
Schisandra, also known as Chinese Wu Wei Zi (five flavored berry) may look like other tasty berries, but its only use is in holistic medicine. The berries are actually bitter and salty, but in China they are still sometimes snuck into foods to make the food healthier. As an adaptogen, schisandra is mainly known to boost mental and physical abilities. It has been used to aid in liver and digestive issues and has been shown to improve lung function. One study showed that athletes who took this adaptogen before working out had better exercise endurance and an easier recovery after compared to those that did not take the herb.