adaptogen

noun
adap·to·gen | \ə-ˈdap-tə-jən \

Definition of adaptogen 

: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning

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Other Words from adaptogen

adaptogenic \ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik \ adjective

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What was funnier was meeting with beauty editors year after year who were asking about Moon Juice, adaptogens, dust, and what was in my beauty routine. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Amanda Chantal Bacon Suddenly Believes in Skin Care," 27 June 2018 Cannabis, adaptogens, juice cleanses and more trendy ways to practice self-care. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Known for its ingestible adaptogens (super-power plants said to boost mood and fight inflammation), this California company’s beauty products employ the power of mushrooms to smooth and plump skin. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 Chalk it all up to a mixture of genetics, diet (including a regimented food plan full of adaptogens and activated cashews), and the brand’s new skin-care line. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Amanda Chantal Bacon Suddenly Believes in Skin Care," 27 June 2018 His goal is to increase the understanding and awareness of adaptogens. New York Times, "What Are Adaptogens?," 1 June 2018 Meet Moon Juice’s Beauty Shroom, Bacon’s new skin-care line, launching on June 19, that taps into the adaptogens—medicinal mushrooms and herbs often used in Ayurvedic practices to mitigate the effects of stress on the body. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Meet Moon Juice’s Next Cult Creation: Skin Care With Super-herbs," 7 June 2018 Bacon says the adaptogen combo is said to lower cortisol levels by up to 24 percent. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Moon Juice Expands to Skin Care With New Beauty Shroom Line," 7 June 2018 Organic coffee and cacao powder turn this sip into an antioxidant hit, plus chaga, a medicinal mushroom and adaptogen, helps the immune system regulate itself. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Wellness Teas & Tonics to Give Your Immunity a Boost," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of adaptogen

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaptogen

borrowed from Russian, from adaptatsiya adaptation + -o- -o- + -gen -gen

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adaptogen

noun
adap·to·gen | \ə-ˈdap-tə-jən \

Medical Definition of adaptogen 

: a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning Fortunately, a class of herbs known in herbal medicine as adaptogens can provide an added boost of vitality and increase the body's ability to adapt to common stresses. — James Bailey, Yoga Journal,, January/February 2004

Other Words from adaptogen

adaptogenic \ə-ˌdap-tə-ˈje-nik \ adjective
adaptogenic herbs like ginseng and milk thistle, which can help build stress resistance. — Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis (Indiana) Star, 30 Oct. 2007

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