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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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Rhodiola is one of only 16 scientifically established adaptogens, or plants endowed with the power to enhance system-wide function in the aging human.
Each of these adaptogens has been studied extensively and used clinically for its ability to protect the body from stress.
Effect of the natural nootrope and adaptogen preparations on the bioelectric cortex activity in rats.
Adaptogens are a pharmacological group of compounds that metabolically support the ability of an organism to respond appropriately to stress, preserve structure and function from the damaging effects of stress, and hasten recovery of homeostasis.
In addition, you might find B vitamins and adaptogens like Rhodiola and Eleutherococcus (found in health food stores and online) useful.
The London-based beverage company, Energizer Brands, has recognized the market for natural adaptogens, choosing Rhodiola (500 mg) for its functionality as the key ingredient in its vegan-approved and diabetic-friendly attitude drink.
Adaptogens are herbs used to increase the body's energy levels and help it perform more effectively.
The systems are divided into twelve chapters: gastrointestinal agents; hepatoprotective agents; respiratory tract drugs; cardiovascular drugs; urinary tract drugs; antirheumatic agents; skin and trauma care agents; gynecological agents; antidiabetic agents; central nervous system agents; antiaging agents, adaptogens and immunostimulants; dental and ophthalmological agents.
They called the plants adaptogens for their ability to foster increased resistance to stress and to boost physical and mental performance.
They are also adaptogens, meaning that they can adapt to an environment to safely benefit the health and function of biological systems.