Gold Maca is a clear classic example of what an Adaptogen
is. As can be surmised from the word itself, an 'Adaptogen' is a
substance that helps the body to "adapt" to particular stresses put upon
it and for the body to adapt to those stresses by regulating itself
naturally with the stimulation of an herb food.
The word 'Adaptogen' was first used by the Russian scientist Dr.
Nickolai Lazarev in 1947. He reported on several indigenous plants that
helped increase the body's natural resistance to environmental stresses
and later coined the term "Adaptogens".
are compounds that are able to prevent the physical and
chemical effects of stress. Further research is needed
to determine the main mechanism for many adaptogens.
One of the first Soviet scientists to embrace new ideas was Dr. Nicholai
Lazarev, a pioneer in the then-emerging fields of toxicology and
preventive medicine. Lazarev grew up in Russia during and following the
Revolution. During this period Soviet leaders were aggressively
transforming Russia from an agrarian to an industrial society. This
extreme transition was driven by a desperate desire to not only catch up
with the West, but to dominate the world - scientifically, politically,
and militarily. Accompanying these rapid advances were many damaging
consequences of industrialization.
after graduating from medical school in 1928, Lazarev started working on
ways to prevent the damaging effects of new industrial chemicals on
humans. Lazarev and his scientific team identified over 400 previously
unknown chemical compounds in the new factories, and studied the effects
of these toxic industrial byproducts on humans.
World War ll Research
beginning of the second World War, the Soviet government drafted all
Soviet scientist - including Dr. Lazarev - to work on military projects.
Lazarev's efforts again shifted-this time to finding substances which
could help soldiers overcome fatigue and improve their performance on
the battlefield. His research resulted in the discovery of many
effective stimulants. The Soviet military found that these drugs
successfully improved the soldiers' productivity and performance in
the soldiers as unknowing guinea pigs for amphetamines and other
stimulants, Lazarev learned that many of the drugs were very effective
in improving performance in response to great challenges in extreme
situations for very short terms. However, he realized that the
stimulants were not as beneficial in a peaceful environment as they were
in wartime, and were harmful when used for prolonged periods.
WWII ended, Lazarev resumed his research on substances with
non-specific, broad ranges of action. His search was not limited to the
modern conventional practices used today to develop synthetic drugs. He
also investigated century-old methods of ancient preventive medical
was especially intrigued by a group of herbs that ancient medical
traditions referred to as 'elite' or 'kingly.' In traditional Chinese
medicine these herbs were classified as effective for increasing
physical and mental capacity, reducing fatigue, improving resistance to
disease, and promoting life extension. In China these herbs were used by
soldiers directly before battle. In Siberia they were used by hunters
before long and dangerous journeys. Despite countless legends, thousands
of years of use by people in China, Russia, Japan, Korea and Europe, the
benefits of these plants had never been scientifically studied.
Lazarev and his protιgι, Dr. Israel Brekhman, undertook the challenge of
researching the utility and effectiveness of this group of plants.
Lazarev named this group of supplements 'Adaptogens.'
To Be Considered A
True Adaptogen, A Plant
Must Conform To The Following Criteria:
1. The plant must be nontoxic and totally harmless to the body.
It must allow the continuing normal physiological activity of the
2. The action it exerts must be nonspecific and should maintain normal
body functions despite a wide range of onslaughts to the body (i.e.
3. It should normalize body functions irrespective of existing
pathological conditions. Unlike allopathic drugs which carry with them the possibility of side
effects, Adaptogens must benefit the body without disturbing it or doing
it harm. Not many plants possess Adaptogen properties. In fact it is
estimated that only one in 4,000 plants is classified as an Adaptogen.
Imperial Gold Maca is one of the
more powerful adaptogenic herbs known fulfilling all the above criteria.
Imperial Gold Maca's effect on the
body is two-fold. First, it may directly nourishes the endocrine system . Second, it
may normalize the nervous and hormonal systems in the body when they are
adversely affected by stress and aging changes.
Adaptogens generally function in the same way, and have a great many
health-giving properties, they are not all the same. What makes
Imperial Gold Maca so unique is the
wide variety of therapeutic effects that scientists have demonstrated
through their research; i.e.,
re-stimulate the entire
endocrine system of the body,
starting with the master glands and proceeding to then affect all the
other major endocrine glands, balancing the hormonal system,
estrogen and progesterone levels as well as
levels, feeding the pituitary gland and allowing the hypothalamus to
regulate the body normally etc. In other words, getting these benefits
by taking Imperial Gold Maca could
eliminate the need for using an array of other supplements.
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