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'.

Respect des Fonds

We came together with a common goal

Respect des Fonds was founded by five friends with a shared idea: to make wellness common.

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

Two are professional athletes who were already following a strict supplement regimen. They didn’t have room for anything else.

One had been working in neuroscience and health care for years. She had seen wellness trends come and go and wasn’t interested in another trendy ‘fad’.

The last had been taking the same supplements for years and wasn't interested in trying something new.

Papers with writing on them which state the plans for the company Respect des Fonds, or RDF
Watercolor papers with multicolored mushroom prints

We decided to give adaptogens a try

Skeptical, everyone gave these “magic supplements” a try. The results were incredible: the athletes were having better workouts. The professionals felt less burnt out and no longer felt that afternoon slump.

All of the sudden, adaptogens were a part of everyone’s daily routine.

Amazed, they started to research adaptogens. That’s when they discovered hundreds of clinical trials and research papers.

Why were adaptogens being marketed as "magic" when there is so much clinical backing?

And why had so few people heard of them?

We decided to do it ourselves

It came time to refill their adaptogens, but low quality ingredients and vague benefits made choosing a brand more difficult than expected.

Instead of buying another jar, they got together to make their own.

And so, Respect des Fonds was born to provide the highest quality products to others. To commit to science, research, and transparency above all else.

And to make wellness common.

To the founders ...
A hand with a black glove screwing a black lid onto an amber glass jar for Respect des Fonds

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 farmers

We are committed to partnering with native, sustainable, and ethical farms



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.

Rows of green farmland
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, find the expert

We consult a rotating community of registered dietitians and medical doctors.



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.

You can follow Meagan and discover her recipes at:


Meagan Currell, MS, RD, LDN Clinical Dietitian at Mass General Hospital
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We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
[The Philosophy of History; 1837]