Dr Oz had talked about adaptogens to combat stress on his previous shows. An adaptogen increases the body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical and biological stress, thereby protecting you from damage due to these stressors. It improves mental clarity, energy, stamina, endurance and physical performance. Unlike traditional stimulants that can cause addiction, tolerance, abuse and serious adverse effects, adaptogens are generally safe and usually have no side effects.
On today’s episode of Dr Oz’s show, he recommends the following 4 adaptogens as natural stress busters:
Stress Buster 1: Siberian Ginseng or Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Eleutherococcus, also known as Siberian ginseng, increases resistance to stress and reduces sensitivity to stressors. Hence, it offers protection against stress, increases resilience and prevents fatigue.
* Liquid extract: half a teaspoon to one teaspoon, twice a day
* Powdered root: 2-3 grams a day
* Solid extract: half a teaspoon, twice a day
Stress Buster 2: Rhodiola
Rhodiola is herb that boosts your mental energy, concentration, physical stamina and promotes calmness. These amazing health benefits are attributable to rosavins, which are compounds derived from the root of rhodiola.
Rhodiola does not contain caffeine and is not a sedative. It has no effect on your blood pressure or heart rate.
Recommended dosage: 100 mg (Rhodiola rosea), 3 times a day
Where to buy rhodiola:
Thorne Rhodiola Rosea 100mg –> Available here
Stress Buster 3: Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that regulates stress hormones, strengthens the body and promotes relaxation. It protects the body from the damaging effects of stress and boosts the immune system.
Ashwagandha can be taken in the form of powdered root, liquid extract or capsule.
* Dried powdered root: 1-2 grams, 3 times a day
* Liquid extract: half a teasppon to 1 teaspoon, 3 times a day
* Capsules: 100-200 mg, 2 times a day
Stress Buster 4: Schisandra
Schisandra berry, also known as wu wei zi, is a small and red colour fruit. There are many health benefits of shisandra. It boosts energy and promotes calmness in stressful situations. As an adaptogen, it increases the body’s resistance to physical, chemical and biological stress, thereby protects against damage caused by long-term stress.
Schisandra contains lignans, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. It protects the liver, stimulates immune system and slows aging.
Schisandra can be taken in the forms of liquid extract, tea, capsule or powder.
Liquid extract: 40-80 drops, 3 times a day
Tea: 1-2 teaspoon of dried berries, up to 4 ounces of schisandra berry tea 3 times per day (See how to make schisandra tea here)
Capsules: 1-2 capsules of 400-500 mg, 2-3 times a day
(Dr. Oz does not endorse any brand name or commercial supplier. Check with your physician or health-care provider before taking any such product.)