Adaptogens With Or Without Food? (+ 5 Recipes!)

While you may think of adaptogenic herbs as plant medicine (spoiler alert: they are!) - they are ultimately food-grade herbs, which means you can take them daily on a consistent basis without any negative side-effects.

Adaptogens come in many forms - many popular ways of consuming these herbs include teas, tinctures, powders, and of course, gummies! Here at AdaptDaily, we chose to deliver the plant-healing goodness in FOOD form (i.e. something that you chew and eat!) so that you can get the most out of these beneficial ingredients. When we chew, we activate the digestive fluids & acids that ultimately help us absorb the material we are taking in. So while swallowing capsules may seem most efficient, we’d beg to argue it isn’t always most effective nor therapeutic. On the other hand, actually TASTING the bitter in herbs such as ashwagandha helps to better digest and thus absorb the medicinal compounds into our bodily systems.

Of course, adding adaptogens to your daily foods is a fun and beneficial treat too, just remember that they are best used on a regular basis, and it can take several weeks to really achieve a therapeutic effect and balance in your system. Hence, we recommend using adaptogens in food as more of a “bonus” recreational activity, vs. a therapeutic regime such as taking RESTORE gummies each day. Remember, adaptogens work gently on the system, and need time to effect changes.

The consensus in the herbal community is that there’s no “right” way to take adaptogens, except for the way that makes you take them regularly!

Pro tip: If you have a sensitive stomach, it’s probably a good idea to take adaptogens with a snack or after a meal. In fact, ​​taking the adaptogen, Ashwagandha, straight after a meal can aid its digestion, thus reducing the chance of any side effects like stomach aches or nausea.

Getting even more detailed, Ayurvedic practitioners recommend combining Ashwagandha with cooling herbs, such as Licorice, or mixing Ashwagandha with cooling foods, such as ghee, raw sugar, milk, or rice.

While there are many ashwagandha powders & pure capsules popping up on the market, it’s highly important to note that while you can take Ashwagandha by itself, most Ayurvedic practitioners recommend using a synergistic approach. “Synergistic” refers to the interaction or cooperation of two or more substances to produce a combined effect that is greater than the sum of their separate parts.

So, while you might experience benefits from Ashwagandha alone, the synergistic approach offers even more benefits when you take several herbs together. Don’t worry - AdaptDaily RESTORE gummies are formulated alongside complementary herbs like Holy Basil (Tulsi), Reishi Mushroom, & Amla Berry for this very reason.

Whenever you take adaptogens such as ashwagandha, keep in mind that your body needs to properly ABSORB the herb in order to get the full benefits! Ashwagandha consists of both water-soluble and fat-soluble constituents, meaning that you would ideally consume both fat and water along with the herb in order to really get that full spectrum of benefits. Drinking water with your gummies is helpful, and we suggest taking it after dinner (or breakfast, if you prefer to take them in the AM) for full absorption benefits!

Okay, so with all that being said, we’re still huge fans of incorporating the healing powers of adaptogenic herbs (like Ashwagandha, and beyond!) with the daily magic that goes on in your kitchen ;)

Here are our top 5 food recipes with ashwagandha that we are loving these days…

Turmeric Shortbread Cookies

Ashwagandha Curry

Almond-Cashew & Chia Balance Balls

Calming Smoothie Bowl

Banana Bread Pancakes

Don't feel like cooking? Munch on your daily dose of 3 gummies instead!