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adaptogen

Alternative/popular health
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.

Physiology
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.

adaptogen

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

Adaptogen

Substance that improves the body's ability to adapt to stress.
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The omnipresent use of adaptogens is likely based on traditional knowledge, as very little research has quantified what an adaptogen actually does.
Rhodiola rosea, like ginseng, is another popular research-supported adaptogen used for centuries to increase physical endurance and longevity, as well as to manage fatigue, depression, and impotence.
With its growing reputation as stress reliever and adaptogen, ginseng has become an important part of the wellness blends portfolios, targeting health-conscious consumers.
* Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps restore the body's natural balance, helping fight the negative biochemical and emotional effects of chronic stress.
"Reishi, which is considered to be an adaptogen, is strongly anti-inflammatory and has uses tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity," says Emily.
Taken for between three and six months, black cohosh is what is known as an adaptogen ndash it lowers your oestrogen levels if theyre too high, and boosts them if theyre too low.
Recently, its applicability as an adaptogen (rejuvenating, stimulating and/ or anti-stress agent) has been reported.
This makes the plant an adaptogen (a substance that stimulates the body's defensive mechanism), antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, tonic and an oestrogen enhancer.
This plant is an adaptogen, which means that it re- stores homeostasis after physical and psychological stress.
It is an adaptogen which can help in de-stressing mind and enhancing motivation.
Aloe vera is a well- known adaptogen. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food.