Stress Fighting Food: Adaptogens

Stress Fighting Food: Adaptogens

In our society, stress is common. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this typical bodily response was magnified much more. According to the American Psychological Association, about 80% of respondents say the epidemic has created significant stress in their lives, with another 67 percent saying they have experienced more stress during COVID.

With increasing stress comes a greater need to discover stress-relieving methods, which might range from relaxing activities to breathing exercises. Many people use foods and herbal supplements like adaptogens to help them cope with stress.

Adaptogens are plants or herbs that boost your body's stress resistance. Adaptogens, in other words, assist your body in "adapting" to environmental stressors that may affect your health.

All adaptogens must meet three criteria: they must be nontoxic at normal doses, they must aid in stress management, and they must aid in the body's return to homeostasis. Adaptogens have received little research, but proponents see them as a method to prepare your body for daily stress.

Adaptogens can take many different forms. Some are mild enough to eat with meals, while others are too bitter to chew whole.


This fruit extract from an Asian berry was found to have some beneficial effects on liver diseases, stomach illnesses, weariness, and sleep in several modest studies.

Reishi Mushroom

Plant sterols in this Asian mushroom prevent cholesterol from being absorbed. It may also aid in the stimulation of the immune system and the improvement of adrenal gland function to alleviate stress.


Ginseng is an adaptogen that comes in two varieties: Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax ginseng) (Panax quinquefolius).

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