About Adaptogens

AyurvedicMedicineJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Considered by many scholars to be the world’s oldest and most sophisticated mind-body healing science, Ayurvedic medicine originated in India thousands of years ago. It continues to be one of India’s highly respected traditional health care systems. As a widely accepted and renowned medical approach that has survived and flourished for centuries, Ayurveda encompasses an enormous knowledge of nature-based medicine. Based on the relationship of the constitution and function of the human body to nature and the elements of the universe, this wellness approach is expected to continue to grow and increase in popularity as it gains awareness and acceptance in western cultures.

Ayurveda’s complex approach to treatment is based on each individual’s distinct pattern of energy, as well as their specific combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. However, the basic principles of Ayurveda are simply to prevent and reduce the risk of illness by restoring and maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness though proper diet, lifestyle, and the use of herbal remedies. More than a system of treating illness, Ayurveda is guided by the belief that the mind and body are inextricably connected, and that the mind has the power to heal the body through awareness and restoration of mind-body balance. Meditation is one of the powerful tools prescribed for expanding self-awareness and inner calm in order to cultivate an innate state of balance to allow one to thrive and enhance wellbeing.

Those familiar with Ayurvedic medicine may be aware of the extraordinary benefits of adaptogenic herbs. These healing plants help to balance, restore and protect the body, and have the unique ability to adapt their functions in accordance with an individual’s specific needs. Their normalizing influences on the regulation of various metabolic processes improve hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) functioning, and counter catabolic processes associated with enhanced oxidative stress. Adaptogens form a unique group of nontoxic nutraceuticals that support the health of the adrenal system, and help to normalize the physiologic disturbances resulting from chronic stress by correcting imbalances in the neuroendocrine system and alterations in immune functions.

Safe for long term use, adaptogens calm the body and simultaneously boost energy without overstimulating. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress, and enable efficient oxygen utilization without disturbing normal biological functions.

Ashwagandha – Prized for its restorative properties, ashwagandha is an ancient and powerful therapeutic herb that has been utilized for centuries to tone, support and rejuvenate bodily functions. It is perhaps most commonly known for its ability to support the body’s resistance to the negative effects of physiological and psychological stress. Ashwagandha helps the body to cope with external stressors such as toxins in the environment, as well as internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha can help alleviate symptoms of stress, fatigue, low energy and difficulty concentrating.

Rhodiola rosea – Rhodiola is a potent adaptogen that contains phytochemicals that help to relieve anxiety and combat stress-related mental and physical fatigue. Described as a versatile adaptogen, rhodiola helps to increase the body’s stress resistance by balancing stress hormone levels, raising or lowering cortisol as needed. Rhodiola has demonstrated the ability to support cellular energy metabolism, and positively affect brain function and heart health. Studies on rhodiola suggest that this adaptogen holds promise for increased mental and physical performance.

Holy basil – Many studies support the use of holy basil as a therapeutic tonic for the mind, body and spirit. In addition to its adaptogenic properties, holy basil has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds. Research has shown that holy basil can help to reduce symptoms of stress, forgetfulness, exhaustion and sleep issues. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend holy basil to foster relaxation, mental clarity and a sense of overall wellbeing.

It is recommended that those who are pregnant, lactating, or taking medications consult their healthcare practitioner before staring on any supplement regimens.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of overall wellness:

Ayur-Ashwaganda 300...Ayur-Ashwagandha 300 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: One serving provides 300 mg of standardized ashwagandha root extract in support of a healthy stress response, energy production, improved mental and physical performance, and overall wellness. Gluten, soy, dairy, yeast, wheat and artificial ingredient free formulation.

Rhodiola RoseaRhodiola Rosea by Pure Encapsulations®: Each capsule provides 100 mg of standardized rhodiola rosea extract in support of occasional mental and physical stress, cellular health, and cardiovascular and metabolic function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Holy BasilHoly Basil by Himalaya® Herbal Healthcare: This certified organic, broad-spectrum herbal adaptogen provides support for stress, emotional wellbeing, and relaxation. Holy Basil supports proper adrenal function and a healthy stress response, and promotes restful, rejuvenative sleep. Gluten and additive free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

HPA AdaptHPA Adapt™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This stress resistance complex provides five powerful adaptogenic herbs in support of healthy stress hormone balance via the HPA axis. This non-stimulant nutraceutical reduces mental stress and fatigue, improves mood, calms occasional anxiety and supports cognitive function. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, sugar, preservative, and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

Adaptogen Support...Adaptogen Support Complex by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This adaptogenic herbal complex provides phyto-synergistic and nutritional support for a balanced stress response and overall wellness. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
Ayurveda. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/ayurveda
A glimpse of Ayurveda-The forgotten history and principles of Indian traditional medicine. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411016000250
15 Surprising Benefits of Ashwagandha. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-ashwagandha-or-indian-ginseng.html
The Health Benefits of Holy Basil. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#benefits1
10 Amazing Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. https://www.organicfacts.net/rhodiola-rosea.html

 

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TerryNaturallySusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

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Good Health Begins with A Healthy Gut

LoveYourGutJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

At Professional Supplement Center, we’re often asked about digestive health support. How many of us would eat healthier if we really appreciated our gut and its importance to human health, physiology, and survival? Our bodies rely on the major digestive, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory organs to provide the daily functions that sustain, not only health, but also human life. These organs have many functions that we may rarely think about unless we experience ill-health.

Our brains provide thought and memory, keep our hearts pumping, allow voluntary muscle control, and receive sensory information. Our pumping hearts bring oxygen, nutrients and immune compounds to every bodily cell. Our lungs provide oxygen exchange and repel bacteria and harmful organisms. Our endocrine glands secrete hormones or chemical messengers that control our metabolism, direct our sleep cycles, and make digestion, detoxification and reproduction possible.

The gastrointestinal system, commonly known as the gut, is home to our microbiome that allows for digestion, waste removal, nutrient absorption, and very importantly, the regulation of immune homeostasis. It’s a widely held belief that gut microbiota have a profound effect on immune health, as well as autoimmune-related diseases both inside and outside the gut. Although approximately one third of these vitally important microorganisms are common to most people, two thirds are specific to each individual.

While each of us has a unique identity when it comes to our microbiome, the essential functions that directly impact our health are the same. A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning and overall wellness.

Everything we ingest influences the health of the microbiome, A diet rich in nutritious, fiber-filled foods will keep the microbiome thriving and energy levels steady. Conversely, a diet filled with low-fiber, nutrient-poor foods results in an unhealthy microbiome that allows deleterious bacteria to flourish. To maintain diversity and proper functioning of the gut microbiota a varied and balanced diet is essential.

Two widely studied elements considered beneficial for the gut health are prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics, or fermentable fibers, are the indigestible compounds in foods that selectively promote the growth and activity of certain beneficial bacterial species. Naturally present in fermented foods, garlic, onions, asparagus, oats, apples, flax seeds, bran and more, prebiotics can help with various digestive problems and have been shown to boost the immune system and improve metabolic health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on the host when administered in adequate amounts. Probiotics, which can be found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, pickles and sauerkraut, as well as supplements, support not only digestive health, but also immunity and overall health. Probiotics can help to balance the gut flora when it has been affected by poor diet, infections, antibiotic treatments and external factors such as stress. Poor gut health is tied to chronic inflammation, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, cognitive disorders, fatigue, allergies, hormone dysregulation, depression, and insufficient vitamin production, as well as improper nutrient absorption, digestion and elimination.

Remember, a happy, healthy functioning gut has a positive effect on physical, mental and physiological health. Canadian and Chinese researchers have found evidence to suggest that a healthy gut could be linked to healthy aging, and concluded that food and probiotics could be utilized to improve biomarkers of health. To enhance gut health, eliminate toxic foods from the diet. Repair and heal the gut with a clean diet and key nutrients. Add probiotics to restore proper bacterial balance and consider digestive enzymes to promote healthy digestion.

  • Avoid antibiotics unless truly needed, as they eliminate beneficial as well as deleterious bacteria, which can lower immune functions and raise the risks for infections, allergies and diseases.
  • Exercise to lower stress. Stress hinders the immune response and causes the release of immune compounds known as cytokines that contribute to inflammation that can damage healthy cells.
  • Supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, CoQ10, and vitamins C, D and E, support overall health and can help to keep free radical damage from disturbing the health of the microbiome.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy functioning gastrointestinal system:

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™: This broad-spectrum pre- and probiotic supplement delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria to help support optimal gut health and function, and restore a normal balance of gastrointestinal microflora. With more than six years of clinical development and testing, this professional formula is designed for overall wellness support, relief of occasional abdominal discomfort, and promotion of a healthy gastrointestinal environment.

Just Thrive...Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant by Just Thrive®: This unique probiotic formulation provides strains naturally designed to colonize in the small intestine supporting the body’s ability to improve the growth of its own strains of heathy and beneficial bacteria. Gluten, wheat, soy, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Daily Care ProbioticDaily Care Probiotic by Probulin®: This shelf stable, balanced once daily pre-and probiotic provides 10 billion CFU of 12 probiotic strains per capsule in support of digestive heath and microflora balance. Gluten, wheat, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Probiotic-5 (dairy...Probiotic-5 by Pure Encapsulations®: This dairy-free blend of five key beneficial probiotic strains is designed to promote the health and comfort of the gastrointestinal tract, healthy cellular function and overall health. Dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Digest Gold™ Plus...Digest Gold™ Plus Probiotics by Enzymedica: This very popular, award winning formula provides the convenience of high potency digestive enzymes with guaranteed delivery of active probiotic cultures. TherActive™ delivery ensures probiotic release in the lower intestine for optimal benefit. Gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet
The role of the gut microbiome in the healthy adult status. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009898115000170
The role of gut microbiota in immune homeostasis and autoimmunity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337124/
The Structure and Function of the Digestive System. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/the-structure-and-function-of-the-digestive-system
Diet & Gut microbiota. http://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/en/about-diet-gut-microbiota/
The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods You Should Eat. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods