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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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A combination of herbs known as adaptogens can be used effectively to resensitize the hypothalamus and restore the adaptive homeostat.
Effect of the natural nootrope and adaptogen preparations on the bioelectric cortex activity in rats.
Scientists have long known that homeostasis can be supported through the use of natural extracts called adaptogens.
Tinospora cordifolia has been considered a rasayana or a substance useful as a rejuvenator or restorative, and is hence classed as an adaptogen.
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.
In the late 1980s, researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, home to much of the adaptogen work, discovered that three compounds found only in the rosea type of Rhodiola--there are at least 200 related species--were responsible for much of the plant's activity.
The herb Siberian Ginseng is known as an adaptogen which means it increases the capacity of the body to cope with physical and mental stress.
It is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body fight off
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which is made up of combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment.
Badmaev said a bioprotectant provides broad and sustained biological action that affects the entire organism, while an adaptogen is more commonly used to focus on a single system (e.