5 Adaptogens for Natural Hormone Balance
Unfortunately, hormones get a bad rap. They often are associated with the not-so-glamorous aspects of reproductive health or healthy aging. But reducing hormonal health down to mood swings and chocolate cravings is truly a disservice. Our bodies use these intelligent chemical messengers to do all kinds of things! Namely, maintain homeostasis, or a state of internal balance. Hormones help manage things like stress, energy, and mood, in addition to libido and reproductive health.
Most of the time, our bodies masterfully regulate hormone levels so that we feel ~balanced~. But depending on sex, age, stress levels, or even medication intake, you may find that staying in a state of equanimity requires some outside assistance. Enter: adaptogens.
Adaptogens are plant-based, naturally occurring ingredients that improve the body’s ability to adapt to the stressors of life by supporting hormonal balance. They provide a “normalizing” effect on bodily processes that are susceptible to dysregulation. And they act as a natural “buffer” to chronic imbalances that can negatively impact our bodies over time.
Hormone balancing adaptogens
Some cultures have harnessed the medicinal powers of adaptogens for thousands of years and now science is corroborating their effects, a testament to their efficacy as hormonal regulators. Here are a few of our favorites that can help you...
Adapt to stress and balance mood
Ashwagandha is an ancient, herbal powerhouse that is making its way into mainstream nutritional science. So, does Ashwagandha balance hormones? Research says yes! It is well known for promoting a healthy stress response by regulating cortisol, while also supporting energy restoration and heightened concentration.
Ashwagandha’s powerful impact is attributed to special compounds called withanolides. Our SuperPure® Ashwagandha Extract has concentrated and verified activity of these compounds, making our Stress Remedy formula a great addition to any soothing self-care routine.
Lemon Balm is a medicinal herb whose soothing properties were revered by the Ancient Greeks. With a beautiful bloom and brightly-scented leaves, Lemon Balm is used to help calm feelings of agitation and promote a positive mood. It also has demonstrated clinical efficacy in supporting healthy sleep. Not only that, but this pacifying plant also facilitates healthy digestion. With such diverse and impactful properties, it was a no-brainer to include SuperPure Lemon Balm Leaf Extract in our newest multivitamin for women.
Holy Basil is revered as an elixir of life for not only promoting a holistic sense of calm but also supporting vitality and overall wellness. It is a powerful mood enhancer and has even been shown to help provide free radical protection for your organs and tissues against pollutants and other chemical stressors. A way to fight physical and mental stress? Talk about a divine life force!
Manage hormonal changes
Maca Root is an adaptogen authentically sourced from the Peruvian Andes mountains. Sometimes called “The Fountain of Youth”, it is associated with sustained stamina, balanced hormones, and a healthy libido. For women, Maca can act as an effective antidote to hormonal-health challenges like menopause and related symptoms like hot flashes. Seriously, we can’t Maca this up!
Since Maca is such an adaptogenic powerhouse, it should be no surprise that it benefits both female and male reproductive health. Our newest herbal multivitamins Vita•Min•Balance™ for Women and Vita•Min•Vitality™ for Men both include Maca root in concentrated, gelatinized forms. Because we want to enhance your hormonal vitality while staying easy on your stomach.
Shatavari Root is an adaptogen that has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Literally translating to “she who has hundreds of husbands”, Shatavari is a rejuvenating tonic esteemed for its positive impact on female reproductive health. This feminine life force aids in natural hormone regulation for women of all ages, fostering vitality and a healthy libido. From PMS to menopause, Shatavari offers gentle guidance through times of hormonal transition.
To preserve the active compounds of this amazing adaptogen, we create our SuperPure® Shatavari Root Extract using only ethanol and water. Couple this purity and potency with other core nutrients, like in Vita•Min•Herb® for Women, and you get natural support for hormonal harmony.
Using adaptogenic herbs for hormone balance is a practice rooted in ancient wisdom, and with so many benefits to be garnered, they could be the missing link to your wellness routine.