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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.
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(ă-dap′tŏ-jen″) [ adapt + -gen]
Any agent, e.g., an herb or a nutrient, that stimulates immunity or provides resistance to disease.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners


Substance that improves the body's ability to adapt to stress.
Mentioned in: Ginseng, Korean
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The lack of clinical trials on the effect of adaptogens in humans suggests that, in reality, little is known about their specific action and effect within the body, and there is a significant gap between how these herbs are being used in clinical practice and what the modem research reflects.
"The charm of adaptogens is that they work with your needs specifically, adapting their function to your body's needs," explained Amanda Chantal Bacon to in May 2016.
Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) root, a member of the Solanaceae family, also has a long history of use and would be considered an adaptogen. As its Latin binomial suggests (somnifera coming from the Latin word for sleep), it is more clearly a calming or relaxing agent.
CBD offers powerful benefits especially when combined with other adaptogens to help maintain and improve a pet's health and overall wellness without producing unwanted side effects."
Lecue of Gaia Herbs also pointed to interest in adaptogens. "There has been a lot of media attention around adaptogens in recent years and more people are learning about the amazing abilities of adaptogenic herbs to help balance and restore the body especially in areas of mood, stress, anxiety, and sleep.
Packed from cover to cover with hundreds of tools, tips, and strategies, "Moodtopia" is a practical, easy-to-use guide to herbs, adaptogens, aromatherapy, color therapy, feng shui, intuition, homeopathy and so much more.
When you're bombarded by ads for adaptogens, tonics and green juices galore, it can be easy to forget that life's healthiest elixir is just a faucet away.
Adaptogens work by bringing bodily functions into balance.
The company is the purveyor of ethically sourced, compassionately crafted beverages utilising Hawaiian Oana whole root turmeric and other symphonic adaptogens.
Ingredients will likely continue to drive innovation in 2018, with the rise of adaptogens, nootropics and hemp-derived CBD oil leading the way.
WELLNESS devotees are constantly on the lookout for the next holistic cure-all to help us manage our spiralling sense of unease - and the latest stress-busting buzzword getting a good deal of hype is 'adaptogens'.

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