What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a group of well researched herbs that have the amazing ability to help the body better "adapt" to the stresses and needs of modern living. The term "Adaptogens" originated from research by Russian Physician, Dr.Brekhman and Professor Nicolai Lazarv. These two Scientists from the Soviet Union were in charge of finding herbs that would help improve factory worker's productivity and also give Soviet athletes a competitive edge. Through their research they were able to pinpoint a special class of herbs for which they called adaptogens.


These herbs were found to help humans better adjust to strains, enhance energy and improve performance, while being non-toxic and safe. There are currently 9 "official" adaptogens and they are considered "Primary Adaptogens."


There are other herbs that show promising adaptogenic properties as well, but more research is still needed to classify them as such. These herbs are often called "Secondary Adaptogens."


The 9 Primary Adaptogens are as follows;


Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera

Cordyceps - Cordyceps sinensis

Eleuthero - Eleutherococcus senticosus

Asian Ginseng - Panax ginseng

American Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius

Holy basil - Ocimum tenuflorum, Ocimum sanctum

Rhodiola - Rhodiola rosea

Schisandra - Schisandra chinensis

Shilajit - Asphaltum bitumen


Secondary Adaptogens are as follows:

Reishi - Ganoderma lucidum

Shatavari - Asparugus racemosus

Amla - Emblica officinalis

Astragalus - Astragalus membranaceus

He Shou Wu - Polygonum multiflorum

Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra

Maca - Lepidium meyenii

Codonopsis - Codonopsis pilosula

Jiaogulan - Gynostemma pentaphyllum

Turmeric - Curcuma longa

Guduchi - Tinospora cordifolia

Bacopa - Bacopa monnieri

Devil's Club - Oplopanax horridus

Prince Seng - Pseudostellaria heterophylla


While there are only 9 "official" adaptogens currently, new research is shedding light on other important plants that have may have the same adaptogenic properties, but further research is needed.


Until then, we can still incorporate primary and secondary adaptogens into our daily lives through capsules, tinctures and gummies (like our AdaptDaily - Restore Gummies.)