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During the mid 1950s the Soviet government chartered their Academy of Sciences with the task to develop a product that would enhance the performance of their key elite (i.e. Olympic Athletes, Bolshoi Ballet, World Class Chess Players, Cosmonauts, even Olympic Horses). They had three key criteria. The product had to be totally non-toxic to human cells, help abnormal unhealthy cells get back to a healthy state and to help the body adapt to stress.
They put 1,200 scientists secretly to the task conducting over 3,000 scientific studies with 500,000 people. Their research went on for 45 years and at a cost between one and three billion dollars.
They found that when an individual was stressed, their adrenal gland produced a hormone in excess called cortisol. Cortisol is highly toxic and attacked muscle mass, attacked the organs, diminished their strength, recovery time was longer and their focus was reduced. Cortisol also diminishes the immune system.
The scientists went to work and decoded thousands of plants. They found 12 very rare plants in the far eastern Russian area called the Primorye. These plants would provide the basis for achieving their three objectives as well as control the excess production of cortisol.
They coined the term Adaptogen for those plants. Their elite were mandated to take the Adaptogen extract every day.
One of their studies was with an automobile factory with 4,000 workers. They had a very high incidence of absenteeism due to sickness. Over a 7 year period they reduced their absenteeism by 92.5%.
Through extensive experiments on swimmers, skiers and other athletes, scientists around the world have reliably demonstrated the value of Adaptogens for increasing stamina and accelerating the recovery process after physical exertion.
If you took all the Olympic athletes in the 1996 Olympics that were taking the Adaptogen formula and made them a country, they would have come in 4th overall.
Eleutherococcus, the 'king' of Adaptogens, has been shown in the studies to increase mental capacity by improving reflex action, attention span, and the precision of performed work. Improvement in hearing, eyesight and motor coordination was also an additional benefit noted in these studies. A better ability to cope with stress, T-Cell counts go up, immune system is stronger, focus is better, overall mental clarity and perception, sleep better, disposition is better, increased energy and strength, faster recovery times, and an all encompassing feeling of better wellness. The risks are zero, and existing scientific experiments verify this safety record.
Professional baseball, football, hockey, soccer, track, and karate stars have been quietly taking the product for decades.