What is an Adaptogen?
An adaptogen is a botanical herb or compound that, when synthesized by the body, results in the stabilization of physiological processes and the promotion of homeostasis, such as decreased cellular sensitivity to stress. Adaptogens are said to increase longevity, vitality, and libido, while promoting a sense of calm and well-being. Adaptogens are known to increase resistance to a broad spectrum of harmful factors and stressors of different physical, chemical, and biological natures. To be labelled as an adaptogen, an herb or compound must be proven to be non-toxic.
While the FDA does not currently approve the use of Adaptogens to treat or cure illness, it has acknowledged and accepted the concept as a functional claim for certain products.
Adaptogens in Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda is a system of alternative medicine that has been practiced in the Indian subcontinent since at least 5,000 B.C.E. The practice of Ayurveda tends to stress attaining vitality by building a healthy metabolic system and maintaining good digestion and excretion, while also incorporating exercise, yoga, and meditation. 
Central to Ayurveda is the concept of Dinacharya, which says that natural cycles (waking, sleeping, working, meditation etc.) are important for health. Hygiene, including regular bathing, cleaning of teeth, skin care, and eye washing, is also a central practice.
Ayurveda also operates with the concept of rasayana. Various substances are classified in this tradition as rasayanas, meaning they are believed to promote physical and mental health, improve defense mechanisms of the body and enhance longevity. Rasayanas are referred to as adaptogens by some researchers. 
Brother Nature Adaptogenic Ingredients
Research shows that rhodiola rosea can increase work performance and reduce mental fatigue by increasing levels of mood-elevating brain chemicals like serotonin. The herb provides a mildly uplifting feeling that instills a sense of positivity and happiness.
Packed with essential vitamins, Pantothenic acid works is know to be a effective at protecting against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing signs of aging, and reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections.
PABA plays a key a role in amino acid metabolism and is needed to manufacture folic acid, which helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
One of the world's most potent adaptogens, Panax Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a known remedy for depression, anxiety, and general and adrenal fatigue.
The use of Ashwagandha as an adaptogen has been known to alleviate the symptoms of stress, fatigue, and lack of focus or concentration. The herb also instills an energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing and happiness.
Turmeric is used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been shown to protect against alzheimer’s disease when paired with vitamin D. It also promotes circulation, relieves aches and pains, reduces inflammation, can prevent certain cancers and protects the liver.
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THRIVE contains a unique all-natural blend of nootropic and adaptogenic herbs and vitamins. The plant based ingredients have been carefully sourced and selected to provide a strong daily foundation for a healthy mind and body. These ingredients aid in adrenal hormone production and support the body’s adaptogenic response.
By combining mentally stimulating nootropics with stress reducing adaptogens, we've created a formula that brings a powerful sense of well-being, or what we call a flow state.
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