What You Need to Know About Adaptogens

An introduction to “super herbs” and their benefits.

What You Need to Know About Adaptogens

First coined in the 1960s, the term “adaptogen” originates from the Russian word for adaptation (“adaptatsiya”) and refers to any herbs or plant extracts that can help the body adapt to stress. Get the basics about these so-called “super herbs” from registered dietitians Alana Kessler and Keri Glassman and see what they can do for you.

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Who Should Avoid Adaptogens

Anyone currently on medication, who has a preexisting condition, or is pregnant should consult a doctor before consuming adaptogens. Although they’re safe to use for many people, others may need to proceed with caution. Adaptogens may interact with medications and may not be suitable for everyone.

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Is This the Best Snack to Help You Maintain Your Weight Loss?

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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