The Benefit of Adaptogens as we Enter Autumn

The nights are getting colder, the mornings are getting darker and the winter jackets are being dusted off. With autumn in full swing, you are already likely to be making changes to your routine but have you introduced any changes to your diet to support your body during this seasonal shift? Read on below as our in-house nutritionist Clarissa Lenherr shares her favourite adaptogens for supporting your immune system, energy production and mood.

First-up — what are adaptogens? 
The clue is in the name. Adaptogens are a class of herbs and plants that can possibly support your body and help it to ‘adapt’ itself depending on emotional and physical needs. They are non-toxic, help your body to achieve balance and reduce your body’s stress response. For example, adaptogens can help bring clarity in times of confusion, bring peace to a racing mind and bring calm in times of stress.

For immune support
Echinacea is well-known as a remedy for helping fight off an impending cold, but did you know that this wonder herb actually activates our immune system? [1]  Studies suggest that it takes its action by enhancing lymph function (the lymph is where our white blood cells are located), and specifically macrophages which play a vital role in the workings of the immune response. MEDA Defence contains Echinacea alongside a blend of other nutrients and plants to support your immune system.

For energy
Panax Ginseng is famed for its ability to boost our energy levels, and for a good reason. In a four-week randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled study, where participants were given a placebo or a Panax Ginseng supplement, those taking the supplement experienced less fatigue and more physical energy.[2] It is suggested that Panax Ginseng works its magic due to the antioxidants found in the plant that can reduce oxidative stress and support cellular energy. You can find Panax Ginseng in MEDA Focus – a great replacement to your standard energy drink. 

Build up your stress resilience 
It has been a long, difficult and stressful year for many of us and we are only in September! As winter approaches, we may find that our work life balance begins to take its toll and that our stress levels feel overwhelming. While stress management and diet can play a role in stress resilience, adaptogens can help the body adapt to these extra pressures and stresses. One of my favourites is Ashwagandha – a root extract that has been shown in randomised, placebo-controlled studies to reduce stress when taken regularly.[3] Find it in MEDA Calm mixed with CBD, lavender, chamomile and L-theanine – all ingredients that may also help promote relaxation and support stress levels.