Adaptogens are a group of plants and herbs that have been used in eastern medicine for millennia for their health-boosting and body-balancing properties. Adaptogens help your body to adapt to stress and incorporating them into your daily regimen could aid in mitigating Covid anxiety.
Nootropics - sometimes referred to as ‘smart drugs’ - on the other hand are generally taken in supplement form and can be used to improve a whole spectrum of facets of wellbeing, including memory, mood, focus, creativity, motivation and concentration. Nootropics are often taken for their stress relieving properties.
Both adaptogens and nootropics can help your body adapt to life's inevitable ups and downs and can help our bodies to respond to, and recover from, physical and mental stresses. They could both be extremely helpful in reducing any worry or uncertainty you might be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus.
So how could nootropics and adaptogens help you to reduce any stress and anxiety around Covid-19 and a potential second wave? Which adaptogens should you be incorporating into your diet or supplement regimen?
These are some of our favourite adaptogens and nootropics for reducing stress and anxiety:
LYMA contains patented adaptogen KSM-66 Ashwagandha®; a potent root extract that has been formulated to reduce anxiety and its associated symptoms, boost mood and enhance overall wellbeing. KSM-66 Ashwagandha® has also been clinically proven to enhance sleep quality, a lack of which has been linked to elevated anxiety levels.
Ashwagandha works to relieve heightened anxiety by inhibiting the production of cortisol, the hormone produced by your adrenal glands in times of stress. A clinical dose of 600mg - the same amount that you’ll find in the LYMA Formula - has been shown to reduce cortisol levels by up to 35% in just six weeks.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha® is fully patented and is a highly bioavailable full spectrum strain of the root extract, which has been cultivated to retain all the natural constituents of the herb in the original balance. Supplementing with KSM-66 Ashwagandha® has been shown in clinical trial after clinical trial to be effective at reducing anxiety, fighting fatigue and boosting mood.
Stress, anxiety and inflammation often exist in unison: inflammation can cause stress and anxiety and the same is true of the reverse. It can be a vicious and difficult cycle to break. Fortunately, KSM-66 Ashwagandha® as formulated in LYMA is also a potent anti-inflammatory.
When you think of inflammation, your mind might jump to super-herb turmeric - latte hero and yummy ingredient in Indian cooking. Curcumin - the active compound in turmeric - has been shown to pack a powerful punch in the fight against stress and inflammation. The issue obtaining this admittedly wonderful compound through diet alone is that it is not readily absorbed by the body: studies suggest that as much as 95% of the curcumin in dietary turmeric passes through the body unmetabolized.
This is where LYMA comes in: LYMA contains HydroCurc®: the most bioavailable and effective form of curcumin on planet earth. HydroCurc® is around 250% more bioavailable than the curcumin you’ll be able to absorb by chugging a turmeric latte. If you want to feel more in control, improve your resistance to anxiety and achieve that ever-elusive sense of calm, then HydroCurc® as formulated at 600mg in LYMA could be exactly what your body needs.
Finally, affron®. affron® is a totally unique and highly concentrated standardised saffron extract, and is the newest addition to the LYMA Formula.
affron® contains a number of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant compounds that can protect your mind and body from health-destroying perils of chronic stress and anxiety.
affron® is clinically proven to be effective in reducing chronic anxiety in otherwise healthy adults. Peer-reviewed evidence confirms that affron® is most effective at alleviating low mood states and enhancing resilience to anxiety when taken at a daily dose equivalent to that found in the LYMA Formula.
affron® works directly on the specific genes and ion channels in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain that are responsible for mood regulation and emotional resilience. affron® is able to affect these genes, ion channels and neurons, thereby boosting mood and preventing you from feeling so anxious.
Daily supplementation with affron® could help you feel more upbeat, maintain a positive mood, manage anxiety and get a better night’s sleep.
While the next few weeks and months remain uncertain and absolutely nobody can predict how - or, indeed, whether - a second wave is about to play out, there are steps we can take to mitigate our own anxiety around Covid-19. Whether you’re worried about your own health, the health of loved ones, the functioning of the economy, or whether or not you’ll still be in a job in six months time, we feel you. These are unprecedented times, and we all need to take responsibility for weathering the storm as best we can.
Originally published Jan 10, 2021.