Considering different cultures have utilized medicinal mushrooms for centuries, the terms “nootropic” and “adaptogen” are relatively new. They were created to add the latest developments of science and technology to these natural and powerful fungi found throughout the world. As wellness and performance continue to be prioritized in our everyday lives, the benefits of nootropics and adaptogens are available to aid us in these efforts.
What are Nootropics?
These products are mainly focused on supporting brain health and nervous system functioning. Many people look to nootropics to promote learning and support cognitive health through memory and focus. There are synthetic and natural forms of these supplements, however, you’ll find that natural nootropics are more widely researched for long-term effects and safety.
What are Adaptogens?
These plants and mushrooms provide stabilization in the way your body responds to stress, fatigue, and overall wellbeing. It’s all about balance! So, whether you’re experiencing chronic fatigue or your stress is too high, the adaptogen will regulate the levels of cortisol in your body. To be considered an adaptogen, plants must be (1) non-toxic when taken in normal doses, (2) help your body cope with stress, and (3) return your body to a natural balance (homeostasis).
How are they similar?
You’ll find a lot of crossover in the benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Some act as a nootropic, some act as an adaptogen, and others can be both. A common theme you’ll find is stress relief and a balanced mood. Looking for immune support, energy, or cognitive repair is where you’ll find the product that’s right for you. Adaptogens and nootropics have a compounding effect that means more change and positive effects will result from frequent use.
How do I know which is right for me?
Aspen Tree’s products offer all the support and enhancements you might be searching for in your daily routine. When it comes to adaptogens (stabilizing your body’s response to stress, fatigue, and wellbeing), you’ll find that in our products carrying Reishi, Chaga, and Cordyceps. When it comes to nootropics (supporting brain health and nervous system), you’ll find that in our products carrying Lion’s Mane and Reishi.
By reflecting on your own wellness goals, you can identify which mushroom product is the right fit for you.