What is an Adaptogen?
Dr. Nicolai V. Lazarev, a Soviet scientist, medical doctor, and pharmacologist, who was studying the body’s resistance to stress, coined the term “ADAPTOGEN”.
Adaptogens or adaptogenic substances are now used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of HOMEOSTASIS.
Dr. Lazarev research confirmed presence of pharmacologically active compounds that give them the ability to resist stressful environments via adaptation — and some of those qualities are passed to the individual who ingests the plants, enabling him/ her to better resist the stresses of modern life.
“According to adaptogen expert Dr. David Winston, an adaptogen must meet three specific criteria:
- The substance is relatively non-toxic to the recipient.
- It influences many organs or body systems (non-specific). Then acts by increasing resistance of the organism to a broad spectrum of adverse biological, chemical, and physical factors.
- It helps modulate system function and maintain homeostasis.”
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include problems with concentration, difficulty with sleep, stomach issues, fatigue, food cravings, frequent colds, hormonal imbalances, pain, weight gain, anxiety and/or depression. Adaptogens regulate the adrenal response. They aim to restore health, vitality and immunity. – #SHAMANICBIOHACKER
How Do Adaptogens Work?
Adaptogens work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. These are involved in the stress response. They work by “hacking” the stress response in the body. Typically, when our bodies are stressed, we go through three stages of stress:
- alarm phase
- phase of resistance
- phase of exhaustion
As we encounter a stressor — say we start lifting weights — our body responds by kicking out hormones like adrenaline that improve muscle performance and increase our ability to concentrate and pay attention to the task at hand in the phase of resistance. Our body is literally resisting the stressor, so we feel energized and clearer, thanks to our body giving us a boost to fight the stressor.
And then, as we fatigue, we enter in the exhaustion phase. Adaptogens basically stretch out that “sweet spot” in the middle — the phase of resistance — allowing us to hang out in the powerful part longer.
Adaptogens have been studied in both animals and isolated neuronal cells. Researchers have found they have several effects on the body.
- neuroprotective elements
- anti-fatigue properties
- antidepressive effects
- stimulant for central nervous system
Oh, and they increase mental work capacity, enhance attention, and prevent stress and fatigue.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, according to research on adaptogens, they might actually be as good as they sound.
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What is an Adaptogen? Dr. Nicolai V. Lazarev, a Soviet scientist, medical doctor, and pharmacologist, who was studying the body’s resistance
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