WTF Are Adaptogens and Why Should I Care Anyway?
These super-herbs are the newest stress cure
Looking for the food equivalent of clean energy--you know, something that’s going to keep you going without the jangling high of caffeine or bitter crash of sugar? Have some adaptogens, the so-called super-herbs that are popping up in juices, teas and even snacks. These herbs are known for their stress relief and other benefits (like stirring romance); check out our where-to-get-them guide.
Long used in Eastern medicine as an anti-depressant, it’s supposed to aid concentration and jump-start libido. Try a shot of it in tonic form ($8), then chase it with another juice to wash away its slightly bitter and earthy taste.
Juice Served Here, 609 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 310-310-8546 or juiceservedhere.com
This Peruvian herb is said to restore hormonal balance--and act as an aphrodisiac--for both men and women. Get a taste in toffee walnuts ($6) coated in the stuff.
Moon Juice, 2839 Sunset Blvd.; 213-908-5407 or moonjuiceshop.com
Take this mushroom to regulate blood pressure and quell anxiety. Try it dried and combined with spices, Stevia, ghee and coconut oil in the popular Golden Tonic ($10).
Erewhon Natural Foods, 7660 Beverly Blvd.; 323-937-0777 or erewhonmarket.com
The extract of the chaga mushroom ($30) is known for its anti-cancer properties. Put a few drops of the tincture into hot chocolate for increased vitality.
Know how you’re feeling great when caffeine courses through your bloodstream, except when you drink too much, get shaky and then crash from the eventual glucose drop-off? Get help with the comedown from instant coffee laced with this medicinal mushroom ($15).