This amazing class of adaptogen plants were first studied in a modern scientific context by the pharmacologist and physiologist Dr. Israel Brekhman, who was researching alternative stimulants for Russia’s military elite to increase stamina and mental focus.
Dr Brekhman summarized the general pharmacological properties of adaptogens as follows:
- These substances tend to help regulate or normalize organ and system function within the human body according to a growing body of research. Soviet scientists spent billions of dollars in research and published over one thousand articles documenting the benefits of supplementing the diet with plant adaptogens. They are relatively non-toxic to the recipient and act by increasing resistance to a broad spectrum of adverse biological, chemical and physical factors.
- Adaptogen research was initially kept secret, yet was applied with significant success to improve the performance of Soviet Union Olympic athletes, cosmonauts, key military figures and soldiers, chess champions and other performing elites.