Six Adaptogens Worth Incorporating Into Your Diet

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When it comes to adaptogens, it’s often to each her own, depending on what needs to be addressed. Here, we asked our experts to share their favorites.

“I love shatavari, because women can take it in every phase of life for hormonal balance. It wakes up energy and is one of the most powerful adaptogens for reproductive health. It’s beneficial for both men and women. For the visible signs of stress and how it shows up on the hair, skin, and nails, I love amla, because it helps preserve collagen by fighting oxidative stress. And ashwagandha is incredibly effective at balancing out the mood, calming anxious nerves, and reducing irritability.”—Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder and CEO, Moon Juice

“Some of our favorite adaptogens include ashwagandha, reishi, ginseng, turmeric, and schisandra berry, because of their ability to help fight stress, reduce inflammation, and assist in improving both digestive and immune health.”—Bella Tumini, senior brand manager, Suja

Panax ginseng improves brain power and focus

“Cotton stem cells are a favorite, as this adaptogenic ingredient works as a ‘second skin’ to protect against pollutants, specifically one of the most devastating environmental inflammation-aging compounds, particulate matter 2.5, which combines polluted environmental micro-particles and liquid droplets. They also help to reduce inflammation and increase firmness.”—Ashley Stowers, account executive and national educator, CelleClé

“We love ginseng for its antioxidant and energy-boosting activity.”—Christine Lee, lead education specialist, Skin Regimen

Reishi tea and dried lingzhi mushrooms boost immunity

“Like many adaptogens, panax ginseng is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. Not only does inflammation irritate the skin, it is arguably the number one cause of premature aging. So, any ingredients that help reduce inflammation are a go-to for us. Moringa, a nutrient-packed oil, is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and one of the main ingredients in our new skincare line Anda.” —Kellie Lambert, director of product  marketing and development, Kerstin Florian

“Medicinal mushrooms. While there are many varieties, I look for and recommend preparations that include reishi, maitake, and shiitake. There are a number of benefits—fighting inflammation, supporting detoxification, and controlling blood sugar.”—Eve Persak, resident dietitian, Como Shambhala (multiple locations) 


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