Most of us are on a continuous treasure hunt for the perfect all-natural, super healthy, plant-based compound to make us feel better.

Adaptogens may be the perfect fit!

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Adaptogens are “non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical, or biological.” Yet, these plants are new to the scene in any way shape or form. In fact, adaptogens are ancient, having been a main staple for “centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.”

With that said, after years of neglect in the Western world, they’re seeming to have a resurgence and it couldn’t be a better time.

While all adaptogens are geared towards helping our bodies handle stressors, each individual adaptogen offers a variety of other health benefits on top of that. For instance, if you’re looking to target acute anxiety, then Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola, and Schisandra are your main players. Looking to stave off that mental fatigue and improve focus? Get yourself some Eluethero root! Want to boost some stamina? Try out some of those wonderful Cordyceps!  

Of course, right now most of us are most likely focusing on boosting that immune system. Luckily, adaptogens are a powerful ally to integrate into your diet for this cause. When it comes to boosting immunity, you’ll want to focus on astragalus root, licorice, ginseng, holy basil, maca, and Schisandra.

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1. Nature’s Way Astragalus Root Capsules

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These Nature’s Way Astragalus Root Capsules are all-natural, vegan-friendly, and non-GMO project verified. On top of that, Nature’s Way seeks to make the most allergen-friendly supplement possible with zero sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, soy, corn, dairy products, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. You are guaranteed to get what is advertised as this astragalus root has been third party tested via TRU-ID. This blend of astragalus root aims to support your immune health.  A 180-vegan capsule bottle costs $17.91.

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Great Stuff says “Great stuff, but gives you energy. Take morning and afternoon, never at night. Read up on it, you’ll be amazed.”

2. NaturesPlus Herbal Actives Licorice (DGL) Capsules

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These NaturesPlus Herbal Actives Licorice (DGL) Capsules seeks to support not only your immune health but also boosts the health of your digestive system. In fact, licorice root has been known to help “soothe gastrointestinal problems and repair … stomach lining in cases of stomach ulcers, colic, and heartburn.” This product is hypoallergenic, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and is free of artificial colors and preservatives. NaturesPlus is also proud to offer an allergen-free supplement that is free of yeast, wheat, corn, soy, and milk. Made in a cGMP compliant facility, you’ll receive a trustworthy and high-quality product. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $10.00.

Just Me says “This stuff has helped me a lot, in dealing with adrenal fatigue (undiagnosed) as well as thyroid issues due to Hashimotos. It also gives me a bit of a boost of energy, and I tend to take it on an empty stomach in the afternoon around 3 or 4pm. I have been using this for many months, and feel it has helped greatly.”

3. Pure Mountain Botanicals Holy Basil Capsules

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These Pure Mountain Botanicals Holy Basil Capsules offer a potent extract of holy basil bundled into a vegan capsule. Pure Mountain Botanicals promises a clean and pure supplement that is kosher, non-GMO, gluten-free, and free of harsh preservatives, flowing agents, and magnesium stearate. Each capsule offers 450 milligrams of organic full-spectrum holy basil leaf and potent extract with two percent ursolic acid. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $18.67.

kortney wilson says “I’ve been taking it for three days, along with my usual supplements. These taste a bit like black licorice so they’re not yucky to swallow. I’m not sure what to look for as far as results, but it’s early and I’ve not experienced anything negative.”

4. Herbtonics High Strength Korean Red Panax Ginseng Capsules

This Herbtonics High Strength Korean Red Panax Ginseng Capsules blend seeks to increase energy levels, improve mental clarity and mood, and boost your immune system. Herbtonics promises purity and potency with hand-selected, farm-grown ginseng sourced directly from Korea. These supplements are 100 percent natural, vegan, and gluten-free. Plus, they are free of fillers, additives, GMOs, preservatives, binders, or any other harmful chemicals. A 120-vegan capsule bottle costs $21.99.

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Rudy Gonzalez says “I know everybody is different and something might work for some and not for others but I have to give this Herbtonics Korean Red Panax Ginseng a 5-star rating! I am a 52 yrs single male and had lost all kinds of interest in physical activities due to lack of energy and motivation. The two most noticeable benefit with Herbtonics Korean Red Ginseng was the physical energy and mental and emotional motivation. I started back at the gym after over a year and felt great. I have been recommending Herbtonics Korean Red Panax Ginseng to all my friends and family.”

5. Micro Ingredients Organic Schisandra Extract Powder

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Capsules not exactly your jam? How about giving a powdered adaptogen a try? This Micro Ingredients Organic Schisandra Extract Powder is non-GMO and vegan-friendly with no GMOs, irradiation, additives, preservatives, artificial colors, or gluten. Along with supporting your immune system, this Schisandra powder antioxidant blend helps to support liver function, brain health, memory, and focus. An 8-ounce bag costs $23.95.

Tessie Sheldon says “Great customer service and I get assist right away. Appreciate. I am buying organic powder all the time and trying to add as much as possible to my morning smoothie (sometimes tea) and feel a big difference since I have started 6 months ago. I pass the good idea to all my family and hopefully, all of them could start to do it in short.”

6. NaturaLife Labs Organic Maca Root Black, Red, Yellow

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This NaturaLife Labs Organic Maca Root Black, Red, Yellow is made with a high-quality, pure blend of Peruvian organic black, red, and yellow maca. These capsules offer the highest available milligrams per serving on the market in a vegan-friendly casing. Plus, these capsules have zero GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives, stearate, or artificial ingredients and are free of yeast, wheat, soy, dairy, gluten, and rice concentrate. A 150-vegan capsule bottle costs $17.94.

The Minivan Voorsts says “I ordered this because I was dealing with low progesterone and estrogen dominance, and was having difficulty conceiving. Everyone I spoke to recommended Maca, and I chose this product because of the quality, and because it contained all three kinds of maca. Maca’s not an herbal supplement, but rather a superfood, and helps regulate hormone balance for both men and women. I will say I chose to stop taking it recently because I am now pregnant. ;) Seems to have worked!”

7. Gaia Herbs Astragalus Supreme Vegan Liquid Capsules

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These Gaia Herbs Astragalus Supreme Vegan Liquid Capsules are vegan-friendly, certified organic, and non-GMO. Gaia Herbs formula of Astragalus root, Ligustrum, and Schisandra berries is designed to “encourage overall system health,” as well as help the body deal with and adapt to daily stressors. Packed with powerful antioxidants, these capsules are also free of many common allergens including gluten, soy, dairy, meat, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, yeast or eggs. A 60-vegan count capsule bottle costs $23.99.

JulieT says “Astragalus root is known for helping to fight cancer. As a cancer survivor, I take Astragalus root religiously. I eat two in the morning, and two at night. I am a huge fan of Gaia supplements. They always provide a quality product. Even my oncologist says the Gaia brand is good.”

8. Gaia Herbs Licorice Root

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Maybe capsules and powders aren’t your thing? You’re in luck with this Gaia Herbs Licorice Root liquid extract. This licorice root blend not only boosts the immune system, but it’s also formulated to help support healthy adrenal function, improves vitality, and relaxes any irritability of the gastrointestinal lining. This product is 100 percent vegan and certified organic. A 2-pack of 1-ounce bottles costs $26.45. 

9. NutriONN Holy Basil Leaf Extract

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This NutriONN Holy Basil Leaf Extract uses genuine holy basil leaf extract and ursolic acid. NutriONN’s formula seeks to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, support memory, and promotes good heart health. On top of that, this beneficial adaptogen also naturally fights anxiety, chronic stress, and depression, while regulating hormones. A 120-vegan capsule bottle costs $19.95.

Brian W. says “Extremely effective and potent. Honestly one of the best supplements I’ve tried in a long time. Highly recommend for anyone looking to reduce stress and have a sense of calmness and peace. Very pleased with this purchase.”

10. Nature’s Answer Korean Ginseng Root Capsules

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These Nature’s Answer Korean Ginseng Root Capsules offer a pure unique blend of Korean ginseng root and pure reishi mushroom extract aiming to support the immune system, aid in focus, and boost memory. Nature’s Answer is proud to offer a supplement made through innovative scientific techniques for the highest quality product. A 50-vegan capsule bottle costs $13.70.

Hasan says “No side effects to notice and helped keep me awake through the day. Needed vegetarian capsules and this one was quite worth the money.”

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