Not all adaptogens have equal amounts of evidence
Now while many think adaptogens are herbs from traditional healing medicine, they are actually a rather new way of categorizing medicinal plants. Of of all adaptogens, there are only about 11 actually well-researched species which are the following: Asian Ginseng, American Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Shisandra, Reishi, Rhodiola, Rhaponticum, Holy Basil and Cordyceps.
While they all have their own unique set of beneficial properties to offer that can target different ailments or parts of the body, they each meet the three characteristics above that define them as adaptogens. An important amount of research has proven their abilities in helping our bodies "modulate'' to stress as well as a few other properties they each contain that gives them a ''profile''. Reishi for example fits a profile for immune-strengthener, Ashwagangha for stress, anxiety, and low to moderate depression, whereas Rhodiola first a more cognitive (memory, adhd, focus) enhancing profile. Again, they are all considered immune-modulators but would be recommended differently per the person's lifestyle and other needs.
There are many, many other medicinal plants considered to be fit the adaptogen category but I personally follow what research has proven and proven over again for the rest, I keep in mind how many intricacies there are to medicinal herbs just as there to prescription medications and prefer to wait for additional evidence before recommending any of the others to the exception of the 11 above. While extremely healing, packed with antioxidants, and nutrients they can also have a powerful effect on heart, blood pressure, mood & hormones so it is very important to select the most versatile, most ''proven-to-be-safe'' with little side-effects ones when starting and to consult your doctor if you are on any medication before trying any of these as a supplementation. For the rest of us, these are really a beautiful, natural tool we can use cyclically in other words not taking them every day but rather before or during times where we're more exposed to stress on whichever level.
Where beauty is wellness, and balanced skin cannot be with chronic inflammation these superplants can definitely improve health, and support beautiful skin while also preventing aging caused by stress.
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