Its funny how it all started, now that we look back on it.
We wanted to make a better product for ourselves.

And all of a sudden we realized, when people asked us,
"Where should I go to get the best of adaptogens?"
We could say, 'us'.

Amanda, Brendan, Noah, and Sam
RDF cofounders

Welcome to the RDF family!
We're Amanda, Brendan, Noah, and Sam...

We met as college teammates at the University of Pennsylvania. After college, we went our separate ways: into high-stress careers, neuroscience labs, and professional sports.

It all started when Brendan was feeling burnt-out at work. He was gifted a jar of adaptogens and decided to give them a try. To his disbelief, they started to work, so he shared them with his friends.

Sam and Noah, both professional athletes, were already following strict supplement regimens. They didn’t have room for anything else.

Amanda had been working in neuroscience and health care for years. She had seen supplements come and go and wasn’t interested in another "wellness trend."

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Watercolor papers with multicolored mushroom prints

Everyone was skeptical.
But we decided to give adaptogens a try...

The results were incredible: Sam and Noah started having better workouts. Brendan and Amanda felt less stressed, less burnt out, and a big boost in work performance.

All of the sudden, adaptogens were a part of our daily routines.

Academics at heart, we dug into the research. That’s when we discovered the hundreds of clinical trials and studies that proved how effective adaptogens can be.

Looking back, why were we so skeptical?

We've spent our whole lives trying to reach our highest potential, so why didn't we feel like adaptogens could help us do that?

...Is it because they're considered "wellness"?

We used to avoid wellness.
So we're making wellness common.

Wellness used to make us think of retreats and cleanses. It felt like a lifestyle commitment, so we avoided it. After a year of research and testing, we realize we were wrong...

Because we were doing it! Taking adaptogens was our first step into wellness, no lifestyle change required.

That's when we realized: wellness is for anyone looking to better themselves and reach their potential. It doesn't matter who you are or what your goals are. Take it from us: four former "wellness skeptics" who add a scoop of adaptogens to our daily drinks.

And so, we founded RDF to personally source, test, and provide the highest quality wellness products to others. To commit to science, research, and transparency above all else.

And to make wellness common.

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Wellness should be common practice.

Transparency, and therefore honesty, is the only way to build goodwill.

If not the expert, find the expert.

Trendiness does not always reflect efficacy.

Speak through the brand and let the brand be the product.

The quality of the smallest detail is the quality of the final product.

Craftsmanship is one of the few timeless things.

There cannot be progress without iteration and an openness to change.

A community, by definition, is open to anyone.

If our ingredients come from the earth, we should give back to it.

Respect the origins.

Our partners are our sustainable farmers



Organic Ashwagandha Root Extract [KSM 66®]

Our Ashwagandha is sourced from organic certified farmlands in the Kota district of Rajasthan, India.

Our partners use blockchain technology to trace every batch back to their original farms. They can even discern when, how, and by whom the Ashwagandha was cultivated.

Our partners has committed to employing the women who live in the surrounding area and providing their children with a full and complete education.

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There is as much craftmanship in the first step as there is
in the last step.

A respect for the origins means a respect for the places,
and for the people, who work to bring our blends to life.

100% of our ingredients are traceable to the farms where
they come from.

Craftmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for his own sake.

Richard Sennet,
[ The Craftsman; 1997 ]

If not the expert, we find the expert



Meagan Currell, MS, RD, LDN

Onsite dietition, Massachusetts General Hospital
MS, Nutrition and DPD, Bastyr University

Meagan specializes in chronic disease prevention and provides evidence-based, individualized nutrition recommendations to her patients.

We consult with Meagan - as well as the rest of our advisors - on the dosage and efficacy behind the ingredients we include, as well as the synergistic interactions within the blends we formulate.

Meagan incorporates holistic health into her life, both professionally and personally. At home, she enjoys creating recipes grounded in her medical expertise.

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Meagan Currell, MS, RD, LDN Clinical Dietitian at Mass General Hospital
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George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
[The Philosophy of History; 1837]