Adaptogens, why?

The stress of the re-entry has already exhausted you? The adaptogenic herbs can help you better manage …

The pace of modern life sometimes forces us to doping with vitamins or stimulants to cope and endure the stress that eventually depresses or exhaust us.

Adaptogenic plants useful in bodybuilding

Fortunately, we are not obliged to take drugs with Prozac because nature does well by putting at our disposal plants that allow us to adapt to all situations without side effects: they are called “adaptogens”.

What is an adaptogenic plant?

It allows to adapt to any kind of stress (physical, moral, cell) by increasing the capacities of the body. It is in Russia that plants have been discovered capable of reinforcing the resistance of certain men under extreme conditions of cold and work. Despite extremely difficult living conditions, they were less sick and were more resistant to aging.

But it happens that these plants go further, they are able to regulate body temperature, blood pressure, nervous system, weight and health, all up or down, according to the precise needs of the moment. Their modulating effect means that they do not have a determined action but rather specific to each individual to find the balance!

They can, in principle, boost energy, improve immunity and have metabolic action as a food or dietary supplement. This is the case for garlic, echinacea, kudzu, fenugreek, shitake.

Ginseng, rhodiole, eleutherococca, astragalus, schisandra … are among the best known and are found in some pre-workout food supplements .

Ginseng (panax ginseng) revitalizes physical or intellectual functions, combats all forms of fatigue, stress and even depression. When you’re struggling to keep pace, especially when you’re aging, it’s a valuable ally. There are white ginseng to balancing and adaptogenic properties of red ginseng the most stimulating and adaptogenic properties.

Eleutherococcus , also known as Russian ginseng, would stimulate the central nervous system and the adrenal glands. It helps the body adapt to stress, boosts immunity and regulates tension.

The rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is the champion of adaptogens and the one that seems to best meet all the needs of the organism. It reduces stress and improves memory and above all allows a better recovery following a physical (including sexual) effort .

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a Chinese plant that has remarkable anti-aging properties because of its ability to protect telomeres and optimize DNA replication), but it also boosts the general immune system (by increasing The production of lymphocytes much better than the echinacea), stimulating the vitality and would even be able to protect the liver from toxic attacks (alcohol, drugs …).

Schisandra chinensis is a Chinese tonic plant that acts on the major organs (kidneys, liver, nervous system and blood) and restores energy. On the mood side, it is effective against anxiety or mild depression. It also improves concentration and reflexes, which is valuable for athletes.


Tribulus is a plant known worldwide for millennia to fight fatigue. By its effect on the hormones, it would promote the muscular development and increase the strength, the physical endurance and also the libido.

The Cordyceps has been known in China for centuries, to increase longevity. It pushes the threshold of fatigue and increases energy and endurance. It boosts the immune system. It improves physical and mental performance   including sexual.

Maca has long been known in Peru to increase energy, combat chronic fatigue and increase physical performance. Playing on hormonal balance, it would also improve libido by its long-term tonic effects and its relative action on testicular testosterone concentration.

But you may have heard about these too (on which we must still be careful since their use in France is not yet widespread or unauthorized):

Tulsi (ocimum sanctum or ocimum gratissimum), more commonly known as sacred basil, has been used for more than 5,000 years. Originally from India, he conquered Asia and then Egypt before Europe. Thanks to its healing, nutritive properties, it has long been considered a royal herb by the Greeks and used as purifying for religious practices. It is an adaptogen that reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is also called Indian ginseng. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic or an aphrodisiac. It is obviously anti-stress and regulates the thyroid by its reconstituting and adaptogenic properties. It promotes sleep and memory and combats the effects of age.

What’s the point ?

To regulate the functions of the body, in order to be less stressed, physically and morally. Stress usually has a crippling effect, but with these plants you will feel more energetic and effective.

When you find a dietary supplement enriched with plants of this type, do not frighten your exotic name, they are rather mundane and can only bring you benefits. The main ones remain the ginseng and the eleutherococcus who are the stars. However, we are also talking a lot about Rhodiola Rosea, which has a super action that is both psychostimulating, invigorating, energizing, regenerating … and anti-stress . It is part of recovery programs after physical exertion as it increases the endurance of the human body without being doping. Its anti-stress action comes mainly from its role on the release of serotonin (specifically on the release of DMT).

Taking a tough course

Adaptogenic plants have a tonic side that gives a boost. You will soon feel your body and mind are working better. You will use more essential nutrients in your cells. Even if you do not feel fatigue, be careful not to push your body into its entrenchments (to avoid overtraining).

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