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Adaptogens 101

What if there was something that could help you combat daily stress and stay balanced? An adaptogen might be just the thing!

Adaptogens 101

Stress is real. Battling traffic to make it to an early-morning meeting, balancing friendships and relationships, providing for our kids, and a constant barrage of other stressors keep our bodies under siege. Over time, these stressors can accumulate, which can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. That’s why many people turn to the Ayurvedic principle of adaptogens to help combat the stresses of daily life. *

Adaptogens Have Ayurvedic Roots

Ayruvedic health practices – or Ayurveda – was developed in India thousands of years ago to help promote health through a delicate balance of the mind, body and spirit. Ayruvedic practices often use remedies from nature, like herbs, as part of a well-balanced wellness practice. As part of this practice, Ayurveda turns to many herbs that are considered adaptogens. You can think of an adaptogen as something that helps balance the body’s response to stressors.*

Dr. Nicolai Lazerev, a Russian toxicologist, was one of the first people in modern healthcare to describe what an adaptogen is. In 1958, Dr. Lazerev described an adaptogen as, “an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress, thus allowing the organism to ‘adapt’ to the stressful circumstances.” 12

Understanding Adaptogens

Simply put, an adaptogen is an herb that brings your body into balance, regardless of if you need a bit of a lift, or if you need to calm down.* Life has peaks and valleys – an adaptogen can help balance some of those peaks and valleys so they’re not so severe.

What Herbs are Adaptogens?

Common adaptogenic herbs include*:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Cordyceps
  • Eleuthero
  • Holy Basil
  • Maca
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Amla (Indian gooseberry)
  • Reishi


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Add either of these adaptogen-powered products to your daily routine to help combat stress and nourish your body with more of the vitamins and nutrients you need.*


* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


1 Lazarev N.V. General and specific in action of pharmacological agents. Farmacol.Toxicol. 1958;21:81–86.
2 Lazarev N.V., Ljublina E.I., Rozin M.A. State of nonspecific resistance. Patol. Fiziol. Experim. Terapia. 1959;3:16–21