Adding high-quality adaptogens to your daily supplement regimen can help your body adjust to everyday stressors. What are adaptogens? They’re therapeutic herbs and mushrooms that strengthen your natural response to stress. Here’s the scoop on helping your body get through life’s ups and downs.
Wired for “Fight or Flight”
Our natural stress response is an ancient human survival mechanism. When it comes to stressful challenges—even minor tensions that don’t seem like a big deal—our bodies immediately prime for fight or flight. Sometimes this self-preserving instinct is helpful. But in a busy world with hassles of all sizes, your body may be continually reacting as if under threat. This can impact your health and mood.
Balance with Nourishing Adaptogens
Fortunately, powerful allies from the plant world can work with your body to build a balanced, healthy response to stress. Adaptogens really do help you adapt—optimizing your systems to deal more quickly and easily with the effects of stress. Overall this helps you stay well physiologically and emotionally. Meet 4 of our favorite adaptogens:
Rhodiola, “elixir of life”
Rhodiola rosea is a perennial plant native to the wild Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It’s a powerhouse herb with profound adaptogenic properties. Rhodiola Force™ supplement from New Chapter® promotes overall mental health and stamina, delivering pure and potent Rhodiola extract to modify your physiologic stress reactions by shifting your body’s stress response and uplifting mood.* Sounds good, right? It’s particularly helpful during times of exertion and sleep disruption. Fine-tune your regimen with either Rhodiola Force 100 or Rhodiola Force 300 (100 mg and 300 mg per serving, respectively).
Reishi, legendary tonic mushroom
One of the most revered medicinal mushrooms, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum, Lingzhi) is a grounding adaptogen that helps maintain vitality and longevity.* The Reishi mushrooms in New Chapter products are sustainably grown in the US by suppliers who deliver the authentic Lingzhi strain of Reishi, which is a mainstay in the Chinese herbal tradition. Our Ganoderma lucidum is DNA-tested for identity, certified organic and vegan, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Reishi is in all our LifeShield mushroom products—start with LifeShield™ Reishi to get 1000 mg of the mushroom daily.
Holy Basil, “the incomparable one”
Ocimum sanctum, known as Holy Basil or Tulsi, is a fragrant perennial plant native to India and cultivated throughout Southeast Asia. Holy Basil has long been employed by India’s Ayurvedic masters and is called “the incomparable one” in Sanskrit. Holy Basil Force™ is New Chapter’s dual-extract formula that promotes cognitive functions including focus, alertness, and healthy attention span including speed of memory and short-term memory. It also supports immune function.
Maca, ancient superfood
Maca is an adaptogenic treasure from Peru that delivers energizing health benefits, including endurance and recovery support.* Maca has also been linked to healthy libido support in both men and women. Hardy Maca grows well in the rocky soil and thin air of the Andes where the root is enjoyed by many as a staple food. We love Maca’s benefits so much that it’s included in the fermented Stress & Energy Support blends in many New Chapter multivitamins. Or it’s easy to boost your Maca intake with Fermented Maca Booster Powder (great as energy drink or post-workout recovery smoothie).
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