Hoenikker used to say that any scientist who couldn't explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing...

...was a charlatan.

Kurt Vonnegut
[attributed to Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman, inconclusive]

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a select group of non-toxic plants that support the body's ability to deal with stressors.

They are incredibly versatile and can benefit almost every part of the body, from brain to gut health.

Some adaptogens, like Ginseng, have been around for a while. Others, like Ashwagandha, have been used for thousands of years elsewhere but are just now finding their way into the US.

Schisandra berries and a statement stating that the term "adaptogens" was first used in 1947 to describe Schisandra berries
Inside of a microscope and a diagram showing how adaptogens impact stress levels over time

How do adaptogens work?

Adaptogens help train your body and mind to adapt to stressors.

Stressors are more than the everyday occurrences we call stress, like running late to the airport or staying up late for work. Stressors come in different forms: mental fatigue, lack of focus, inability to sleep, or acne breakouts.

This is where adaptogens can play a role. No matter your unique stressor, adaptogens can prime your body and mind to respond in a more healthy way.

Adaptogens are working at the cellular level to prime your body and mind from within.

This is what makes them unlike any other supplement.*

Where is the research?

Surprisingly, there's much more research than you might think.

Our founders were so skeptical of adaptogens at first, they dedicated a year to researching them. 

As it turns out, much of the clinical research has not been widely circulated. This might be because adaptogens seem so new.

We promise to continue pushing for more academic research, to put science first in the creation of our products, and to revisit our products when new research is published. 

If you want to see the research for yourself, we recommend the NIH [National Institutes of Health] and NCBI [National Center for Biotechnology Information].

Bubbles from a scientific experiment and a quote stating, "Adaptogens do for your adrenal blands what exercise does for the muscles"
A custom printed cotton bag from Respect des Fonds, or RDF, with a quote stating, "RDF was created to make a better product for ourselves, but ultimately, for everyone"

How can I identify quality adaptogens?

Identifying quality adaptogens isn't easy. It's one of the reasons we founded RDF.

Some manufacturers cut corners by adding fillers, skipping lab tests, and marketing ingredients without credible research.

Our rule of thumb is to get informed: look for the use of extracts and a statement on lab testing. Check the dosages to make sure they're at a level that might actually work.

Then, find a brand you can trust and stick with them. A brand that is committed to quality and science will take the steps to ensure you're getting the best, always.