What Are Adaptogens and Do They Really Live Up to the Hype?

I was recently at a wellness conference when a speaker said something so alarming I almost fell out of my chair. It wasn’t that charcoal water is actually a sham (old news) or that “healthier” sugar isn’t actually that healthy or that low-carb diets aren’t one-size-fits-all.

It was when she dropped this bomb: “Adaptogens aren’t a thing,” she said. “The word is made up. It’s marketing. It’s nonsense.”

Up until this point, the speaker had me hanging on every word. Her debunking of the latest trends and health claims had me on the brink of a standing ovation. “It’s all about finding what works for your body,” she said. Preach!

But after she said adaptogens are BS, I looked around the room, expecting to see everyone’s jaw on the floor—as mine was. I’m used to learning that wellness products often aren’t what they’re cracked up to be, but adaptogens?! What

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