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Introduction to Adaptogens

Introduction to Adaptogens

ADAPTOGENS! What are they you ask? Well, to put it simply, they are a group of non-toxic herbs and mushrooms that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They have a unique ability to adapt their function according to the specific needs of the body and restore it to its normal physiological function. Such needs may be physical, chemical or biological.


The medicinal practice of using adaptogens has been around for centuries, it can be traced back to ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. The term adaptogens however, was coined by Russian toxicologist Nikolay Lazarev in 1957, he defined adaptogens as ‘substances that increase the state of non-specific resistance' in stress.


You may already be familiar with some adaptogens such as turmeric, goji berries, maca root and various types of mushrooms. Here are some common adaptogens and their benefits that you will find incorporated into the OSENA supplement drops:

Ashwagandha: improves resistance against stress and enhances your mood

Reishi: helps the immune system, the body adapt to stress and reduces fatigue

Lion’s Mane: helps to relieve anxiety and supports your brain function

Gotu Kola: reduces anxiety and stress and supports your cognitive function

Turmeric: aids with digestion and cleansing the body, balances blood sugar and reduces inflammation

Astragalus: boosts your immune system, is anti-inflammatory and reduces stress

Rhodiola: reduces stress, improves mood and helps with mental and physical fatigue


Now I know what you are all thinking.…Do adaptogens really work? It is probably quite hard to believe that something so natural such as herbs and mushrooms can aid in treating health problems. Well a study conducted by the Swedish Herbal Institute of research and development in 2010 concluded that “Adaptogens have a significant beneficial and specific effect on stress-induced symptoms under fatigue.”


We have developed a range of Adaptogen drops that help your body find its balance. We have developed these herbs in tincture form to allow them to be more easily absorbed by your body and therefore work faster. However, you must also understand that to realise the benefits of Adaptogens you must take them every day and then you will experience the benefits after a few weeks.  Let us know what you think if you try any of our Adaptogen drops!

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