Leuzea Carthamoides

Leuzea Carthamoides (also known as Maral Root) is a perennial medicinal plant of Siberian origin. Its roots, which have a novel type of pharmacological action classified as adaptogenic, are comm

only used for medicinal purposes in Russia. Leuzea has a marked anabolic effect, and aids the body in the synthesis of muscle protein. Its extract, when included in the diet, has a pronounced tonic effect, and has abilities to protect the bodily system from environmental stress. It may help the body to re-build damaged muscle tissue.


Replenishes strength and energy stores
Restores sexual potency in men
Increases mental awareness
Increases lean muscle mass
Helps decrease fatty tissue
The plant contains a number of antioxidant flavonoids along with natural sterols including a substance known as 20-Hydroxyecdysone which is thought to be responsible for the anabolic activity the plant displays. Scientific tests on the 20-Hydroxyecdysone show that the natural sterol has the ability to increase protein production on a cellular level especially’ when combined with intense physical activity. The plant is also laden with tannins, glycosides, lignins, alkaloids, various vitamins, and organic acids.

Benefits and Uses

Maral root very effectively helps with chronic alcoholism, impotency, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Maral root contributes to an increase of muscle mass,
reinforces contractions of the heart muscles,
improves blood circulation in muscles and brain,
increases resistance to oxygen starvation,
elevates the ability and mobility of spermatozoids in vitro,
prevents development of experimental hyper and hypoglycemia, leukocytosis, leucopoenia, erythrocytosis and erythropenit,
improves transmition of impulse interneuronal synapse depressed by the drug sodium barbital,
neutralizes the suppressive effect on the brain by sodium barbital,
restores the capacity to focus, concentrate and perform mental work in men while mentally fatigued,
increases the resistance to the common cold,
protects nuclear chromatin in chromosome component in liver cells against free radical oxidation induced by tetrachloromethane,
restores phospholipids og liver mitochondria pathologically changed by insulin insufficiency.
Leuzea root’s clinical studies from Russia

Leuzea’s root, known to the western world as Maral root was first studied by Soviet scientists during the Second World War. Russian scientists were looking at anything that might have the potential to provide their soldier more strength and endurance as they slogged their way into Berlin.

The ethanol extract of the dried root was found to contain tannins, phytoecdsones, flavonoids, glycosides, lignins, alkaloids, vitamins, organic acid along with some other compounds that could not be identified. They conducted numerous clinical trials (on people as well as laboratory animals) and concluded that an extract of Leuzea’s root displayed many properties capable of helping a person stay active and alert as well as the ability to restore energy and even increase muscle mass.

They found that Maral Root could:
  • Helps increase the rate in which the cells restore their energy (ATP)
  • Helps improve the contraction of the heart muscles and improve circulation to the muscle and brain
  • Helps build muscle mass
  • Helps counteract oxygen starvation
  • Helps with fertilization
  • Helps with focus, concentration allowing people to perform while mentally fatigued
  • Helps with resistance to the common cold

* Help increase the rate in which the cells restore their energy (ATP)
* Help build muscle mass
* Help improve the contraction of the heart muscles and improve circulation to the muscle and brain.
* Help counteract oxygen starvation
* Help with fertilization
* Help with focus, concentration allowing people to perform while mentally fatigued
* Help with resistance to the common cold.


The Soviets also found that the extract t helped people to counteract the brain numbing effects of sodium barbital. Further tests revealed that Leuzea extract helped people keep their concentration during stressful situations allowing people to stay focused and attentive when they performed jobs that were unusually stressful (i.e. Air traffic controller). The extract was also found to be beneficial as a sleep aid, preventing sleep disorders brought on by stress without the negative side effects of sleeping pills. It was also found to help with the intitial stages of impotence and diabetes.



One of the most interesting constituents that scientists found in Leuzea extract was a polyhydrodated sterol that belongs to the ecdysone group known as ecdysterone. This sterol is usually found in insects and crustaceans and is utilized to regulate protein synthesis. Early studies of the extract dismissed ecdysterone because of this, but later scientists discovered that this sterol possessed anabolic activity meaning that it helped increase muscle mass in much the same way that steroids do but without destroying the function of androgen. Ecdysterone also displayed the ability to activate the synthesis of certain enzymes (glutamate decarboxylase, acetylcholine esterase) in the brain as well as enzymes in the cells which are involved in the generation of energy. It was also found to help protect the liver cells from free radical oxidation and DNA and cellular membranes from H2O2.

Scientists believe that the ecdysterone has the ability to mimic the actions of the human steroid hormones, except for the fact that they have much less of a chance to get picked up by hormone receptors. This means if the human body has an ample supply of human steroid hormones, ecdysterone cannot compete with them. However, if there happen to be a deficiency in these hormones, which can occur during times of physical and mental stress, then ecdysterone can bind with the receptors and provide much needed energy and attention.