An adaptogen is a pharmacologically active compound found in plants and mushrooms. It helps the body to adapt to stress, manage metabolic functions, and improve mental and physical performance.
Adaptogens are classified into two main classes:
- Plant adaptogens
- Synthetic adaptogens (actoprotectors)
Adaptogens are well-established stress modifiers that increase the resistance of different stressors non-specifically, thereby fostering adaptation and survival. Since ancient times, adaptogens have been used by man to counter stressors. In the 1970s, the very first synthetic adaptogen, bemethyl, was introduced by Professor Vladimir Vinogradov. Later in the 1980s, it was found that adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical agents and are also good at tackling chemically and biologically harmful factors.
What are the herbal benefits of an adaptogen?
Adaptogens deal with various diseases and disorders, including:
- Stress-induced disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Impaired cognitive functions
- Low energy levels and stamina
- Liver dysfunction
- Adrenal gland malfunction
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Insulin resistance
- High blood pressure