Adaptogen Herbs

Adaptogens are a class of herbs that replenish the adrenal glands and lower cortisol levels in the body, helping us become more resilient to all kinds of stress.

Read on to learn more about the adaptogens we use in our cookies! 


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Maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Maca root is native to the Peruvian Andes where it has been used as a staple food and medicine for over 3,000 years.  Highly nutritious, it’s a great source of carbohydrate and protein as well as essential vitamins and minerals—particularly Vitamin C and Copper.  Renowned for its adaptogenic qualities, it is said that Maca may increase fertility, libido and overall reproductive health in both men and women as well as improve mood, energy levels, and cognitive function.

 


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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

One of the most highly researched adaptogens, Ashwagandha is a root traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine that has been taking the West by storm.  Studies have shown it to reduce blood sugar and cortisol levels as well as have anti-cancer properties.  In addition, it may reduce over-all stress levels and inflammation, improve mood and cognitive function, and increase strength, muscle mass and fertility.  

 


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Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Eleuthero root is also sometimes referred to as “Siberian Ginseng.”  Though it has been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, it didn’t gain popularity worldwide until Russian researchers began studying it in the 1960’s.  Known for its energizing qualities, this herb is also said to improve immune system response, quality of sleep, libido, cognitive function and overall vitality.

 


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Cacao (Theobroma cacao)

While we know it mostly in the form of chocolate, the cacao bean—seed of the cacao tree fruit, native to the Amazon region—is prized for much more than it’s rich flavor.  With 40 times the antioxidant content of blueberries, Cacao is high in calcium and magnesium and the highest plant-based source of iron.  It is said to uplift the mood as well as address a plethora of health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.  

 


Turmeric (Terra merita)

Turmeric root, native to India and Southeast Asia, has been used for nearly 4,000 years as both a culinary spice and medicine.  A true panacea, Turmeric is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties and affinity for strengthening the liver.  Highly antioxidant in nature, turmeric also increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.  Among many of its benefits, it is known to help prevent cancer, brain disease and depression. 

 

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Matcha (Camellia sinensis)

Matcha is finely powdered green tea leaf from the tea plant, native to China, Tibet and Northern India.  First used in this form in Zen Buddhist ritual in China, this method of brewing tea was then brought to Japan and became traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  Consuming matcha powder is especially beneficial since you are imbibing the entire tea leaf—1 cup of matcha has the antioxidants of 10 cups of green tea.  Extremely nutritive, matcha is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and fiber.  It is known to boost metabolism, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, improve mood and concentration as well as calm the mind and energize the body.