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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 second complication is that many of the investigations undertaken to date have examined adaptogenic herbs using a conventional pharmacological approach based on the reductionist concept of a single receptor-based view of drug action (13,14).
Adaptogenic herbs get their name from their ability to "adapt" to what the body needs.
The results of studies to date investigating the adaptogenic effects of Rhodiola in humans have been ambiguous, and may in part be due to doses used and the length of clinical trials.
The investigators studied extracts of Rhodiola rosea, which has adaptogenic properties.
Some of the newer approaches include incorporating probiotics in chocolate, ice cream and cheese, putting kombucha in snack bars, and using adaptogenic herbs, which are linked with stress reduction.
Founded in 2014, MINNAVI broke through the K-beauty scene with their game-changing method of formulating, where all MINNAVI products are adaptogenic; each product works synergistically with the skin to adapt their function according to the needs of the skin.
For starters, the Austin, Texas-based organic grocer predicts that a new wave of WELLNESS DRINKS will go far beyond the fresh-prepared juice craze and include kava, Tulsi/holy basil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, medicinal mushrooms (such as reishi and chaga) and adaptogenic herbs (maca and ashwagandha).
Adaptogenic herbs contain numerous constituents that can act on estrogen receptors, intra-cellular signaling, genomic regulation, and inter-cellular transmission involved in supporting the brain functions that become impaired with estrogen decline and aging (Panossian et al., 2013, 2014; Panossian and Wikman, 2010).
Experimental studies have reported the central effects of caraway including antistress (adaptogenic) and nootropic activity.
Subsequent studies have demonstrated that triphala is a strong source of natural antioxidants and exhibits a wide range of beneficial activities, including free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antimutagenic, wound healing, antistress, adaptogenic, hypoglycemic, anticancer, chemoprotective, radioprotective, chemopreventive, and wound healing.
The herb has been promoted for multiple pharmacologic effects, including adaptogenic, CNS, cardiovascular, endocrine, ergogenic, antineoplastic, and immunomodulatory effects.
"Rhodiola is a wonder plant that has immunomodulatory (enhancing immune), adaptogenic (adapting to difficult climatic condition) and radio-protecting abilities due to presence of secondary metabolites and phytoactive compounds unique to the plant," R.B.