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Ecdysterone – the long story short

The discovery of Leuzea herb and its long way from Southern Siberia to the gym

he Leuzea extract became the favorite of Kremlin politicians and was used in Soviet space programs. Due to the military application of these investigations, most of their results were considered military secrets and were not published in scientific papers. Some years later, a selected group of physicians and biochemists of the Anti-Doping Center of the Russian Olympic Committee discovered that Leuzea Carthamoides considerably increases protein synthesis.

Make love Not War! Well, the history of the herb Leuzea and its active substance – ecdysterone, intertwines both. Today, the battlefield of Ecdysterone is in your gym, and the fight is with yourself and for the love of sport. Learn more about Ecdysterone’s long journey from the distant lands of Russia to your fitness and sports hall.

The Beginning

Some centuries ago, in the remote and inaccessible mountainous regions in Southern Siberia, primitive medicine men discovered a root which increased longevity and energy and called it “Maral Root”. Why?  A species of native deer, the Maral, dug out and ate these roots during the mating season, when the males fought among themselves for the females and needed to recover their strength afterwards.*

The medicine men applied the roots against exhaustion, to counteract weakness and reestablish sexual functions.* However, only a few people knew the sites where the plant grew and this knowledge has been transferred from one generation to the next.

The Discovery of Leuzea herb 

In 1942, during the Second World War, Russia needed medicines for wounds healing, as well as to restore the energies lost by the soldiers, so they made scientific expeditions in Siberia, where there were rumors about the existence of plants with healing potential.

These expeditions resulted in discovery of the Maral root in the mountainous forests and meadows, in the remote regions of Altay, Kusnetzki Ala-Tau and Sayani.

Leuzea herb during the World War 2

They made known the detailed botanical description of the plant and sent the first bundles of Leuzea roots to various investigation centers of the Soviet Union to be scientifically studied. After extensive secret studies, the Soviet armed forces included the Leuzea extracts in their array of medicines for the battle field, in order to help the soldiers under battle stress.*

The extraction of ecdysterone after the war

After the war, the investigations continued and in 1965 the principal active component of the plant – ecdysterone, was isolated.

Due to the military application of these investigations, most of their results were considered military secrets and were not published in scientific papers. Some years later, a selected group of physicians and biochemists of the Anti-Doping Center of the Russian Olympic Committee discovered that Leuzea Carthamoides considerably increases protein synthesis.* So, the Leuzea extract became the favorite of Kremlin politicians and was used in Soviet space programs.

Leuzea and ecdysterone after 1989

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the opening of the Soviet medicine to the rest of the world, the knowledge of the properties of this plant became international scientific property. In 1995, after numerous tests with Russian athletes, the extract of Leuzea became the official adaptogene of the Soviet Olympic team. Later, it was commercialized and nowadays it is not easy to find a product based on Ecdysterone that actually works.

Quality of the extract today

So, having such a long history the fact of the matter nowadays for the unquestionable effect is the high quality control. For Еcdysterone and all VemoHerb products we monitor:

  • The plant origin;
  • The extraction method;
  • The ecdysterone concentration in the herbal extract;
  • Laboratory testing of the final product.

My observations over the comments of natural bodybuilders and VemoHerb partners, that share with me their comparison with different Ecdysterone products, is that VemoHerb® Ecdysterone is one of the best choices currently on the market.

Lorita Ilieva

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