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Ecdysterone – the long history

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.

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”, because a variety of local deer, the Maral, dug out and ate these roots during the mating season, when the males fought among themselves for the females, in order to recover their spent energies.

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. 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 (Leuzea Carthamoides, also called Rhaponticum Carthamoides) in the mountainous forests and plains, within a limited territory of the remote regions of Altay, Kusnetzki Ala-Tau and Sayani. 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. After the war, the investigations continued and in 1965 the principal active component of the plant – ecdysterone, was isolated.

The 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.

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.

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

– the plant origin;
– the extraction method;
– the ecdysterone concentration in the herbal extract;
– laboratory testing of the finished 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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