Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root, pictured here, is an adaptogen that can help modulate the immune system. Despite ancient knowledge of adaptogens (natural substances that can help your body adapt to environmental stresses), scientists didn’t begin studying them until the late 1940s, when Soviet Russia began looking for a product to boost the performance of elite personnel, from soldiers to chess players. You can help your body cope with the daily grind by incorporating adaptogenic herbs into your routine. More info at www.herbcompanion.com/adaptogens.
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