Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity
With adaptogens, my stress response feels totally different. Check out this graph:
Check out the anti-toxic effects of certain adaptogens. This is the kind of stuff James Bond surely takes every day:
"The adaptogens Eleutherococcus senticosus, Rhodiola rosea and Schisandra chinensis were reported to be safe in acute and subacute toxicity studies. Moreover, adaptogen induced state of non-specific resistance to highly toxic chemicals (e.g., chlorophos, phosphorus, cyclophosphane, strychnine, aniline, sodium nitrite, narcotics like sodium barbital, hexenal, chloralhydrate, benzene, acetone, ether, etc.) and microbes demonstrated in many pharmacological/toxicological studies , actually implies that they have an anti-toxic activity. For example, it was demonstrated that repeated administration of Rhodiola rosea extract during 10 consecutive days decreased LD50 of 40% ethanol in mice from 24.1 ml/kg to 55.2 ml/kg. It was also shown that salidroside shortened (from 100% to 19%) the duration of benzene induced sleep in rats"What I wish I could find is a concise breakdown of the exact properties of each adaptogenic herb. For example, how stimulating is each one? How powerful is the cortisol lowing/normalizing effect of each, etc.
BTW - if you for some reason are freaked out by the concept of herbal medicine, the stimulating effect of caffeine feels much more powerful than any adaptogen I've tried. Also, adaptogens are not addictive like caffeine is. I have more consistent and reliable energy on adaptogens, and overall less energy when drinking caffeine.