What You Need to Know About Adaptogens

An introduction to “super herbs” and their benefits.

What You Need to Know About Adaptogens

First coined in the 1960s, the term “adaptogen” originates from the Russian word for adaptation (“adaptatsiya”) and refers to any herbs or plant extracts that can help the body adapt to stress. Get the basics about these so-called “super herbs” from registered dietitians Alana Kessler and Keri Glassman and see what they can do for you.

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What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a class of natural substances, usually plant extracts, that boost the body’s ability to function normally and resist inflammation. Some describe adaptogens as herbal or plant medicine in the same vein that nutrient-dense food is considered a form of medicine. Adaptogens are also referred to as “super herbs” since they are used for purposes beyond the scope of flavoring foods. Although many plants and plant products may have adaptogenic qualities, not all of them are considered adaptogens.

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