adaptogen

noun
adap·​to·​gen | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən How to pronounce adaptogen (audio) \

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 How to pronounce adaptogenic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of adaptogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 13 Jan. 2020 Plant People offers organic, high-performance CBD and adaptogen products. Brierley Horton, al, "Health or Hype? Which alternative health trends are worth a try," 14 Jan. 2020 Each flavor contains different adaptogens to target various concerns, from stress management to strengthening hair and nails. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Make Dry January Boring: Trade One of These Fancy Beverages for Booze," 2 Jan. 2020 Essentially, adaptogens are therapeutic herbs that support the body in combating and adapting to stress. Carrie Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Goodbye vitamin C mega-dose! These 6 herbs do the job better," 20 Nov. 2019 Her go-to: Nutrafol Core for Women, which contains antioxidants, adaptogens, and botanicals. Megan Deem, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Future Proof Your Face and Hair," 23 Sep. 2019 There were about three dozen ingredients, mostly plants, but the primary one was ashwagandha — currently the most popular adaptogen on the market, and not scientifically proven to do much of anything specific. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 In herbal medicine, adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body adapt to stress and maintain a sense of well-being. Meirav Devash, Marie Claire, "6 of the Best CBD Skincare Products You Can Buy at Sephora," 24 May 2019 The Effect: The balancing act of anxiety-busting CBD and energizing ingredients such as ginseng (a brain-stimulating adaptogen) and schisandra (an herb attributed to increasing concentration and thinking speed) made Recess a viable workday drink. Sunset, "Our Favorite Sparkling CBD Drinks Are Relaxation in a Can," 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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The first known use of adaptogen was in 1969

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20 Feb 2020

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“Adaptogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptogen. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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adaptogen

noun
adap·​to·​gen | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jən How to pronounce adaptogen (audio) \

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 How to pronounce adaptogenic (audio) \ 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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