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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.
adaptogen(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.
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