The most powerful medicinal plants are known as adaptogens. They help the body to maintain homeostasis – a subtle state of balance necessary for life. Three probably the most efficient plants of this species are astragalus, fenugreek and reishi.

Organism that is out of balance is considered to be in the negative state of homeostasis, in which mechanisms for recovery and elimination of degenerated cells and cellular waste are not working properly. If this situation is not resolved, it ultimately leads to fatigue, depression, insomnia and other diseases.

Adaptogenic herbs help the body to adjust, compensate for deficits and to change the situation. For example, when a person has high blood sugar, adaptogenic herb can help and lower blood glucose, while the person who has low blood sugar, the same plant can help to increase it.

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Another important thing that adaptogenic herbs can do to for our health is their effect on telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme. It is a process that can occur during each cell division. Every time it happens, the body loses some ability to regenerate. Adaptogenic herbs act in that way to restore telomerase. This will significantly contribute to slowing the aging process. In addition, here are three special functions that astragalus, fenugreek and reishi have.

Astragalus strengthens and warms the body

It is considered as one of the most powerful tonics in the world (an agent that improves the general condition of the body). In Asia, it is used for nearly 2000 years as a tonic that stimulates and enhances all metabolic and respiratory function.

Astragalus noticeably contributes to muscle strength, in the East it is used by people who do strenuous physical work, especially the difficult tasks that are done outside in the cold (as it simultaneously strengthens and warms the body).

Fenugreek balances hormones

Fenugreek comprises of a class of compounds known as saponins which have a range of medical applications. In particular, saponins stimulate the secretion of growth hormone from the pinecone gland cells. This gland is located in the center of the brain, substantially close to the skull of the hypothalamus. It is size of a pea, but it is incredibly important. Sometimes it is referred to as the “main gland” because it affects the operation of most other glands. Pineal gland directs the adrenal gland, thyroid gland, ovaries and testes to produce their hormones.

Reishi adjusts immunity

Perhaps the most important feature of Reishi mushrooms is that they can stimulate the immune system. Reishi contains triterpenes and polysaccharides, enzymes that increase the number of red blood cells and thus help the body to fight disease. Reishi helps the body to adapt to various types of stress: temperature, trauma, sleep deprivation, poisoning, radiation, infection, and even psychological stress. It shows no side effects of the regular administration. More importantly, reishi acts as an immunomodulator – ie. adjusts the immune system. The primary role of the immune system is to detect pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and other microbes that are attacking the body. Under normal circumstances, a healthy immune system is able to eliminate most of these pathogens before they do any harm. But if the immune system is weakened, viruses, bacteria and parasites can multiply and cause diseases. Reishi eliminates these attackers!

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