What we choose to eat everyday have a direct impact on our life, on our performance at work, at home, at the gym, giving us more energy or, at the opposite, crushing our vitality.
That’s why we all should take care of our diet, adding the right nutrients in order to kick off our days!
One of the most amazing classes of superfoods is adaptogen plants. Adaptogens are herbs, roots, mushrooms, that grow in some of the most severe environment on earth. Some of them, like Sea Buckthorn for example, deal with large shift of temperature between day and night. What is so great about them is that adaptogens withstand these difficulties developing adaptogenic properties, they adapt indeed. Their adaptogenic properties have been discovered to be incredibly good for humans too, improving the body performance and the organism response to stress and allowing us to easily overcoming everyday challenges.
Here is a list of 5 superfoods/adaptogens that will give a boost to your routine, enhancing your body performances and your overall health.
Seabuckthorn grows in the Himalayan Mountains where local inhabitants also call it “Holy fruit”. It has been used in China for more than 12 centuries as a cure against many diseases. Sea Buckthorn is full of all the Omegas 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7, as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients. This special herb is an adaptogen plant, which means it also has anti stress properties. Adaptogen plants, in fact, enhance the body resistance to stress and enhancing overall vitality.
Lycium is one of the most popular superfood and an adaptogen plant. It is native to China and mostly cultivated in Ningxia. Commonly known as “Goji Berries”, it is thought to be one of the most nutritional foods in existence. Research has proven that Lycium has an extremely high concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polysaccharides, sterols, micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants. The antioxidant content in Lycium, for example, is very important as a free radical fighter. It is an adaptogen plants, it helps indeed fighting stress, regulating our internal balance disrupted from stressors.
Reishi is a mushroom, which has been relied on for thousands of years in the Asian region, but has recently come to the attention of the wider world. In ancient times, those seeking immortality often used reishi mushrooms, because of its longevity belief. However, modern studies have positively linked reishi mushrooms to certain life-span expansion, thanks to its impressive polysaccharide content.
Maca is native to Peru, it helps the overall health supplying iron and helping restore red blood cells, which aids in avoiding anemia and cardiovascular diseases. The nutrients (vitamin B, C, E; calcium; zinc; iron; magnesium; phosphorous; amino acids) in Maca may help to keep bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, supplementing with maca may help to increase muscle mass.
Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is undoubtedly one of the best medicinal herbs that have been discovered. It has endless medicinal values and has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years. The health nutrients of Holy Basil include essential oil such as eugenol, carvacol, linalool, caryophylline, and methyleugenol which benefit oral care, relief from respiratory disorders, as well as treatment of fever, asthma, lung disorders, heart diseases and stress.