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The term “adaptogen” was coined by the Russian scientist N.V. Lazrev, back in 1947, when he realized that certain plants contained an unique action to increase resistance to adverse conditions.
So what is an Adaptogen?
It is so frustrating trying to find a solid, clear definition of an adaptogen. It is stated that it is derived from an herb and that it isn’t a particular mineral or vitamin. After that it gets a bit foggy.
The best definition that I could find of an adaptogen is a substance that demonstrates a nonspecific enhancement of the body's ability to resist a stressor.
This is my best understanding of what an adaptogen is. A plant had to survive a stressed environment and in doing so it develop properties, that are yet to be isolated and labeled.
These plants, when taken into the body, helps the body adapt to the same type of stressor as the plant had to overcome.