Herbs that help to improve brain health by reducing stress and the response that has on the body are called “adaptogens”. These nootropic compounds are helpful because they can reduce the impact of stress on the body, such as in situations where you are exerting yourself too hard or you are just struggling with psychological things. Most of the time, the adaptogen herbs can help to also handle stress that causes anxiety and depression. Here are 3 of the best adaptogens for these purposes.
- Ashwagandha is an ancient adaptogen that has been used for anxiety-reducing purposes for thousands of years. In India, ashwagandha is still being used as a way to help people who are either overworked or feeling very stressed for other reasons. It is a tool that has been used for many years, which has led to studies and research confirming many of the previously held beliefs. Of all the science and research done on this particular drug, it was the anxiety-relief that had the most profound weight behind it.
- Bacopa monnieri this is another adaptogen best known for its ability to improve memory formation and retention in elderly and young adults alike. It is a great way of improving your mental capabilities and general cognitive enhancement, but there are some studies that show it can help with anxiety and depression. One study with 300 mg of bacopa (55% bacosides) showed that people could reduce both anxiety and depression with a double blind study.
- Rhodiola rosea is yet another adaptogen, it is the least well-studied adaptogen and does not have a ton of research to support it, however there are plenty of anecdotal reports that show just how powerul rhodiola can be. It is a great, natural option for your repertoire.