The adaptogens

According to Raymond Peat, the term “Adaptogens” was first coined by the toxicologist Lazaref describing phyto-compounds that “Increases the state of non-specific resistance to stress”. In short, adaptogens are “Anti-stress / anti-fatigue” herbs

Adaptogens are “Plant steroids”, which are produced by plants that grows in harsh environment, contributing to their adaptation to the harsh environment they grow in. These compounds have: catatoxic, anti-catabolic, anti-inflammatory, and osmoregulatory metabolic effects     

Many of the adaptogens metabolites also reduced nitric oxide and heat-shock proteins levels. One of these metabolites is “Succinate acid”, which has a GABA-like action in the nervous system    

The most important aspect of adaptaion to a stressful situation is to maintain “High tissue energy level”, which depends on the “Respiratory-energy production”. Example of adaptogens herbs include: Rhodiola rosea, Schisandra chinensis. Eleutherococcus senticosus


Selected references

1. Raymond Peat – Audio lectures

2.  Winston D, Maimes S. Adaptogens: herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. 2007; Healing Arts Press; 1st edition