What Are Adaptogens and Why Should You Include Them in Your Diet?

Finding foods and products which improve our health and boost our immune system without having adverse effects can be tough. Some supplements and medications can produce adverse effects on the body so finding products which allow the body to manage stressful situations, balance hormones and provide only benefits should be one of our targets…we introduce to you the world of Adaptogens.

Adaptogens are nutritive substances that improve the body’s resistance to disease while remaining non-toxic. Adaptogens allow the body to increase immunity by improving the ability of the body to handle stressful conditions.

Adaptogens do not cause damage to the body in any way, have an overall balancing effect but at the same time do not cause over stimulation. They were first discovered in 1947 by Russian scientist Lazarev.

Let’s take a look at a couple of our products which are great adaptogens, are full of antioxidants and a great addition to your daily diet.

Acai

Acai is the highest antioxidant content food on the planet. It is full of vitamins and nutrients and is great for mental function, energy levels and is protective of high stress levels on the body, due to its high content of antioxidants. This is why Acai may be considered an adaptogen.

Acai has a multitude of health benefits including controlling the amount of insulin in the blood and controlling cravings which may help in weight loss.

Maca

Maca is high in amino acids, vitamins and phytonutrients. Maca is great for boosting energy and stamina as well as for balancing hormones through its apoptogenic properties, which means it is great as a daily part of your diet.

While Maca does not contain any hormones itself, its combination of nutrients leads to the development of vital hormones throughout the body, having a positive effect on the hypothalamus and thyroid. Maca has also shown to be a mood enhancer through its effect on the pituitary glands and a stress reducer through its influence on the adrenal glands.

Protecting our bodies from stress, both self-induced and environmental is important to ensure we age well and we reduce our chances of developing chronic disease and illness. A high antioxidant diet filled with adaptogens is crucial to ensuring long term health and protecting ourselves against the stresses which we experience.

Check out our range of Australian Certified Organic Superfoods at www.la-kult.com.au.

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