Maral Information & Purchase
Also Known As:
Maral, Russian leuzea.
Leuzea carthamoides, Rhaponticum carthamoides, Stemmacantha carthamoides. Family: Asteraceae.
People Use This For:
Although more than 100 active compounds have been found in different parts of the maral plant, its most common extract, ecdysteroids such as ecdysten, are taken from the root. Traditionally, maral root has been used to provide relief from overstrained muscles, fatigue from overwork and weakness from illness. In particular, Russian, Eastern European, and Chinese athletes have used maral extracts such as to improve recovery time following intense training, rapidly build muscle mass, and increase strength.
Currently, there is little clinical evidence on the use of maral powder for the treatment of any medical condition in humans. Additional studies are needed to confirm any of its proposed health benefits.
Information on the safety, efficacy, or side effects of maral is limited to observations from traditional medicine usage or expert opinions. Additional research is needed in these areas. Maral may cause an adverse skin reaction following sun exposure. Maral may affect the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in patients with bleeding disorders or those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that may affect the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary. Use cautiously in combination with antidepressants due to its potential to diminish depressive symptoms. Use cautiously in combination with immunosuppressants (compounds that diminish the activity of the immune system), as it may stimulate the immune system. Use cautiously in obese persons or in combination with weight loss supplements, due to a potential to increase muscle mass, organ weight and body weight. Avoid in pregnant or breastfeeding women, due to a lack of available safety information. Avoid with known allergy or hypersensitivity to maral. Maral root is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women, due to a lack of available scientific evidence. Preliminary studies have examined the potential toxic effects of maral on embryos.
Limited research suggests that maral root powder may increase levels of various immune system compounds in athletes and patients with ovarian cancer. Further research is required before conclusions can be made. Preliminary evidence suggests that maral root may decrease symptoms of giardiasis (parasitic infection ` commonly associated with diarrhea). Additional research is needed in this area.
Mechanism of Action:
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
May affect the risk of bleeding when taken with herbs and supplements that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Multiple cases of bleeding have been reported with the use of Ginkgo biloba, and fewer cases with garlic and saw palmetto. Numerous other agents may theoretically increase the risk of bleeding, although this has not been proven in most cases.
May interact with anabolics, antibacterials, anticancer agents, antidepressants, antifungals, antioxidants, antiparasitics, antiulcer herbs and supplements, antianxiety herbs and supplements, cardiovascular herbs and supplements, erectile dysfunction herbs and supplements, herbs and supplements that affect the immune system, hormonal herbs and supplements, performance-enhancing agents, and weight loss agents.
Interactions with Drugs:
May affect the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs that increase the risk of bleeding. Some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as
warfarin (Coumadin™) or heparin, antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix™), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin™, Advil®) or naproxen (Naprosyn™, Aleve™).
May interact with anabolic agents, antianxiety drugs, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antidepressants, antifungals, antiparasitics, antiulcer agents, cardiovascular agents, drugs that affect the immune system, erectile dysfunction agents, hormonal agents, performance-enhancing agents and weight loss agents.
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Interactions with Lab Tests:
In a clinical study, intense athletic training induced heightened blood coagulation, and a 20-day administration of Leveton,
a tincture of maral containing ecdysten, restored blood coagulation properties to the normal range.
Estrogen-binding assay: In an in vitro assay, lipophilic maral root extract exhibited agonistic estrogen receptor-binding activity.
Platelet aggregation : In an in vitro assay, an ethanol extract of maral reduced collagen-induced and ADP-induced platelet aggregation.
Sperm analysis: In a clinical setting, men with disturbed spermatogenesis and infertility problems were administered the maral root constituent ecdysten, and they had improved copulatory function and sperm quality.
T-lymphocyte count: In human research in ovarian cancer patients, Admax® (a combination product of ethanol/water extracts of dried roots of maral, Rhodiola rosea, Eleutherococcus senticosus and fruits of Schizandra chinensis) increased four T cell subsets.
Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:
Tincture (1:4): 40 to 80 drops to be taken three times a day.
Decoction: 1-2 tablespoons of dried maral powder added to 12 oz. water. Decoct for 15-20 minutes and then steep for 40 minutes. Take 4 oz. of the decoction per day.
Capsules: Two 5% ecdysterone capsules to be taken twice per day.
Maral is known to be very safe even at high doses. Additional studies are needed to confirm any of its proposed health benefits.
General Certificate of Analysis (COA): A manufacture date and batch number are provided for different product strengths. If the link is not available or if the manufacture date and batch number are required, use the email box to request the Certificate of Analysis and we will email it to you as soon as possible. Please enquire about wholesale pricing if purchasing twenty five kilos or more. Please make sure you use the Product ID, Trade Name and Scientific Name.
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