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by Tony Gjokaj March 26, 2020 3 min read
Today, we are busier than ever before: technological advancements have led us to a more fast-paced lifestyle. As a result, life is stressful physically & mentally, which makes us search for opportunities to reduce stress or improve energy levels.
Because of this, we at Reforged believe the past is our greatest teacher: especially when it comes to supplementation. For example, specific herbs & plants have been used for centuries with various health benefits.
While we have moved away from holistic health in light of more technologically advanced health options... modern science has been realizing the benefits of some herbs & plants in proper/efficacious dosages.
In this article, I wanted to bring a nostalgic blast from the past: adaptogens!
Adaptogens are plants (herbs, mushrooms, and roots) that can help us manage stress, fatigue, and more. They have been used in Chinese & Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. Recently, modern science has shown that many adaptogens have some benefits when used in efficacious dosages.
Adaptogens typically help handle and manage stress when used consistently over a period of time. Some also have been shown to improve cognition, libido, mood, and attention over time.
Adaptogens have to be used consistently, kind of like frequent exercise: You train your body to better handle more stress. In adaptogens, our body is able to optimize it's benefits more effectively.
While some Adaptogens have been proven to work, others need more research. With that being said, we wanted to go over a few of the adaptogens that have been directly shown to work.
Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for health. It has anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects. Daily usage over a period of time has been shown to manage fatigue, & may even improve power output in strength tests. A typical dosage of Ashwagandha is around 300–500 mg of a root extract, with a meal.
You might have heard of curcumin before because of Turmeric: the spice is one of very popular today because of the benefits of curcumin. As curcumin has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, turmeric is supplemented for this reason.
Since curcumin is poorly absorbed through turmeric, some combinations of curcumin are used for better absorption: for example, curcumin combined with piperine, or black pepper extract, seems to have some benefits.
Typically, 500 mg of curcumin and 20 mg of piperine taken three times daily seems to benefit individuals supplementing with this adaptogen.
Rhodiola Rosea is a plant that has been proven to have anti-fatigue & anti-stress properties. Taken consistently, Rhodiola Rosea may improve alertness and sleep quality for individuals who have mild levels of anxiety.
While there are various suggestions when it comes to taking Rhodiola Rosea, around 300mg-680mg daily can help manage fatigue/stress.
Bacopa Monnieri is an ayurvedic herb that has been shown to improve brain power by reducing anxiety. In addition, prolonged usage allows individuals to have improved long-term memory, making it a powerful adaptogenic-nootropic to have in your arsenal. 300mg of Bacopa Monnieri is typically a standard dosage for the herb.
People typically mix adaptogens in powder with their tea or even eat them with meals. Since some adaptogens make people too calm and less productive, it is recommended to supplement them with caffeine.
Adaptogens have been in our supplement markets for years now, however, some are not efficaciously dosed as they are combined in proprietary blends or "matrixes". In reality, most adaptogens have to be taken in proper dosages to get consistent benefits overtime.
Because of this, we are working on an upcoming adaptogenic-nootropic supplement: Spark. Spark will contain some of the previously mentioned herbs, combined with another nootropic component.
Adaptogens are very promising when it comes to managing fatigue, stress, and improvements in mood. Some have nootropic capabilities, while others help our bodies.
Here's the great thing about adaptogens: while herbs & plants have been used for hundreds of years, we are still learning from today! As the science continues to expand, we will have the opportunity to keep learning more from them.
Any questions, comments or insights? Throw them in the comments below and let's discuss!
Thanks for reading, Legion!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj April 25, 2023 3 min read
Exercise can feel like a chore, and even if you know it’s good for your health, the motivation to get moving sometimes just isn’t there.
But it doesn’t have to be a burden - by making exercise meaningful to you, it can become something fun and rewarding!
Here are five ways to make exercise more meaningful!
by Tony Gjokaj October 07, 2022 4 min read
Men, I know what it is like to be overweight and depressed.
Not having the energy to do anything but relax and sleep.
While relaxation and sleep are incredibly important, they can make us feel like we are not making progress in our lives.
And when depression hits, it’s very difficult to push through with exercise and weight loss.
But did you know that even though it takes time and some effort, you don’t need to get obsessively crazy over it?
In fact, with just a few small adjustments, you can lose weight, fight back against depression, and take your life back.
If you're serious about shedding pounds and pushing away those depression demons, here are five tips that can help get you started.
by Tony Gjokaj September 05, 2022 4 min read
A few weeks ago, my buddy Grant and I talked about nutrition.
We talked about how he's lost over 120 pounds so far with the weight loss progress he's been making.
This is all because he has been making healthier decisions over time.
One of the newest challenges he's facing right now is he's got a new job. He's working 10 to 12 hour days with physical demanding labor.
And what's been happening for him is that he's been super exhausted, he's not motivated to meal prep, he's having trouble trying to sit down and cook foods doesn't have the energy doesn't have the time.
So what I propose is five tips that you can use to live a more on the go fast food healthy eating lifestyle.
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