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noun A nutritional supplement—e.g., ginseng, maitake mushroom—which allegedly helps the body adapt to various stressors—e.g., heat, cold, exertion, trauma, sleep deprivation, toxic exposure, radiation, infection, psychological stress; ginseng is regarded by some as the prototypic adaptogen.

Any of a family of natural substances, said to compensate for fluctuations in homeostasis; adaptogens may act on serum glucose, leukocytes, temperature, blood pressure or pulse by increasing or decreasing the substance of interest.


(ă-dap′tŏ-jen″) [ adapt + -gen]
Any agent, e.g., an herb or a nutrient, that stimulates immunity or provides resistance to disease.


Substance that improves the body's ability to adapt to stress.
Mentioned in: Ginseng, Korean

adaptogen (·dapˑ·t·jen),

n a substance that helps the body regenerate after being fatigued or stressed.
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Lavender supports stress relief, and ashwagandha, an adaptogen, helps the body adapt to stressful situations by lowering our cortisol levels.
I know that the endocrine system and how it relates to the immune system, the nervous system, and the hormone system is very complicated, but now we have direct evidence on how to treat the whole complex system with herbal adaptogens and nervines (herbs that therapeutically work on the nervous system).
Adaptogens usually grow in very stressful environments and have had to 'adapt' in order to flourish," says Naomi Buff, the health and wellness guru behind superfood brand Gwyneth is reportedly fan of adaptogens Naomi's Kitchen (naomis.
Adaptogens exert a stress-protective effect by modulation of expression of molecular chaperones.
The use of herbal adaptogens together with tricyclic antidepressants in patients with psychogenic depressions.
Ramesh Gupta, Nutraceuticals brings together all current knowledge regarding the potential toxic effects of nutraceuticals, herbal medicines, ayurvedic medicines, prebiotics, probiotics and adaptogens.
1,2] The root of ginseng are used as tonic and known to be adaptogen as it is condition to have the abilities to normalize body functions and strengthen systems that are compromised by stress, and also, these adaptogens are reported to have a protective effect on health against a wide variety of environmental assaults and emotional conditions.
It explains nine benefits of the aloe vera plant including the fact that they, "Are high in vitamins and minerals (1); Contain adaptogens, which improve the health of the adrenal or stress system (2); Improve digestion (3); Help in body detoxification (4); Alkalize or balance acid in the body (5); Are excellent for both general skin and wound care (6); Are high in essential amino acids (7); Can reduce inflammation (8); And can even help with weight loss (9)" (Zee News, July 12th, 2015).
Adaptogens decrease the generation of reactive oxygen species by mitochondria in Eds.
There are also herbs that help reduce stress and improve sleep such as valerian root, St John's wort, adaptogens like Rhodiola rosea, or Siberian ginseng.
Others cover molecular mechanisms in muscle building and how they influence physical performance, and food products, minerals, supplements, phytochemicals, testosterone, amino acids, transition metals, small molecules, and other ergogenic agents for muscle building and performance, as well as nutritional interventions to manage post-exercise immune suppression, carbohydrate and glycogen metabolism, the roles of adaptogens, hydration and sports drinks, and the clinical implications of anabolic training and protein, carbohydrate, and fat requirements for athletes.
Adaptogens are substances that help organisms to adapt to unfavorable stressful conditions, which could be physical, chemical, biological, or mental conditions.