An Adaptogen is any compound that is able to prevent the biochemical effects of stress, despite perceiving the stress. Adaptogens 'block the stress response', basically, although the mechanism by which they do this is unclear for some of them.

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Adaptogens are a class of herbal compounds primarily from Ayurvetic (Indian) Medicine. They are collectively known to 'reduce the effects of stress on the body' and are neuroactive (technically also classified as Nootropics).

There is no common thread as to their actions in the body, or their chemical composition as they are classified by their salient effects.

Many people supplement with Adaptogens to potentiate the effects of stimulant compounds as well, although this is not a well understood synergism.

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