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 plants & natural ingredients 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. And recently, the number of clinically studies backing their benefits has exploded.

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 deeper than everyday stress, like running late to the airport or staying up late for work. They're deeper, more long-lasting, and diverse: problems like mental fatigue, lack of focus, inability to sleep, or even acne breakouts.

This is where adaptogens come in. Adaptogens work at the cellular level to prime your body and mind to combat those deep stressors.

They do this by priming your adrenal, nervous, and immune systems to respond to these stressors both better and faster. This is what makes them different from any other supplement on the market.*

Where is the research?

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

We were so skeptical of adaptogens, we dedicated a year to researching them. And to our surprise, we found a massive amount of successful studies and clinical tests supporting the short and long-term benefits of adaptogens.

Our year of research became about separating the good from the bad. Which adaptogens had enough scientific backing to include in our products?

As athletes, neuroscientists, and high-stress professionals, we weren't comfortable putting anything into our products that we wouldn't put into our own bodies.

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"

Where can I get the highest quality?

Finding pro-grade adaptogens isn't easy. It's one of the reasons we founded RDF.

Many 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 extracts and a statement on lab testing. And check the dosages - you want a potent product that's dosed at a level that will work.

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

And if you want to get a leg up, start here.