These adaptogen plants help your brain to concentrate, remember or make clear decisions. So you won’t fall victim to stress.
You know what you need to do to improve your physical health: eat clean, whole natural foods, exercise to get your cardiovascular and respiratory systems in shape, and take care of your thoughts and emotions.
But taking these steps requires that your brain feels able to control different situations to make the right decisions. Serenity is a good way to go. There are also medicinal plants that have an adaptogenic effect: that is, they help the brain to overcome stressful circumstances.
A NATURAL HELP AGAINST STRESS
Adaptogenic medicinal plants promote balance and prevent the harmful effects of stress on the body. They make us feel more animated and capable. Some even improve memory, clarity of thought and concentration.
Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, maca, turmeric, and Siberian ginseng are generally safe, but you should check with your doctor if you want to take any of them regularly and are taking any medication or have a condition.
They can interact with antidepressants, birth control pills, or treatments for diabetes and thyroid.
ASHWAGANDHA MAKES IT CLEAR TO YOU
Ashwagandha root powder (Withania somnifera) is a very effective adaptogen and its brain benefits do not disappoint.
Ashwagandha is one of the main plants in India’s ancient traditional medicine, Ayurveda. Studies have shown that it promotes healthy cognition, improving memory and reducing confusion in the brain.
In fact, it has been shown to promote the formation of message-transmitting dendrites between neurons and mimics the neurotransmitter GABA, a powerful brain soother.
There are studies that suggest its effectiveness in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s and so-called attention deficit disorder.
RHODIOLA INCREASES YOUR INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITIES
Less well known than ashwagandha, but no less potent, Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) is an arctic root with enormous benefits for the mind.
It reduces stress while increasing the feeling of power, of mental capacity. It can be seen in the improvement of the ability to concentrate on a task. It makes the neurons more sensitive to neurotransmitters.
In natural medicine it is used to treat depression. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is considered to be protective against the deterioration of neurons.
TURMERIC PROTECTS AND REGENERATES YOUR NEURONS
Turmeric contains curcumin, the pigment that gives it its characteristic orange color and has a recognized anti-inflammatory effect.
Curcumin also has stimulating and protective properties on neurons, which is why its usefulness for people who have suffered a stroke or who suffer from Alzheimer’s is being investigated.
Other research has shown that curcumin can have powerful antidepressant qualities, making it a natural choice without side effects for those with mild and moderate depression.
SIBERIAN GINSENG ACCELERATES YOUR BRAIN PROCESSES
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) accelerates brain processes, which improves our reaction time and produces other mental and physical benefits.
According to several studies, it improves the ability to better remember people, places, ideas and things.
It can also enhance a person’s ability to learn and absorb new information, which is crucial, especially as we age.
MACA GIVES YOU EMOTIONAL BALANCE
With a taste similar to caramel powder, maca (Lepidium meyenii) is only a powerful stress reliever and also a hormone balancer.
In fact, it stimulates the general functioning of the brain, which can be perceived as increased mental clarity.
With regular supplementation, it manages to balance the mood. It stabilizes mood swings, depression or anxiety.
In addition, maca has antioxidant properties that act especially on neurotransmitters.