Definition of Adaptogen
An adaptogen is a plant substance that enhances the body in a nonspecific way to resist any form of stress.
The term was first coined in 1947 by a Russian scientist by the name of N.V. Lazarev. Furthermore it must not cause harm to the body in any way, but have a balancing effect while not over stimulating.
An adaptogen also must have a normalizing effect regardless of the direction of the pathological state. It should be useful as a general tonifer of the body.
Adaptogens help a person adapt to stress and are not meant to treat specific illnesses, though some adaptogens are better for certain ailments than others.
Here are a few adaptogens and their health benefits:
Siberian ginseng or Eleuthero is used for relieving stress, immune system enhancement, better concentration and memory and better use of oxygen by the muscles.
Rhodiola Rosea is often used as a potent anti-depressant, altitude sickness preventative, strength and endurance builder and stress reducer.
Schizandra berries promote strength, stamina, better looking skin and more.
Korean Ginseng is a great stress reliever and strength and stamina enhancer.
Acai berries boosts the immune system and contains many powerful antioxidants and other healthy nutrients.
Here are some of the many herbs considered to be adaptogens.
Some of them are:
- Korean ginseng
- American ginseng
- Siberian ginseng
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Licorice Root
- Jiaogulan (Gynostemma)
- Reishi mushroom
- Shiitake mushroom
- Maitake mushroom
- Cordyceps mushroom
- Lycium (Goji)
All of these adaptogens have been taken by millions of people for hundreds of years or more to fight the effects of mental and physical stresses of all kinds. They strengthen the body and enhance endurance and athletic ability. They are commonly taken by people that lead a demanding life style.
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