Performance, Endurance and Rehabilitation

Adaptogens provide the basis through which people can build up an energy reserve to be tapped when the body needs it most - under extreme physical tension and during recovery from fatigue. Test subjects administered adaptogenic extracts rapidly displayed improved indicators of energy and endurance, and athletes were able to improve greatly the results of their athletic endeavours.

In one study, under exhaustive muscle workloads, it was revealed that Rhodiola extract increased the activity of proteolytic enzymes and also significantly increased the level of protein and RNA in the skeletal muscles.

In another study involving a college baseball team, it was revealed that all four parameters of work capacity (including VO2 max, O2 pulse max, total work and exhaustion time) showed significantly larger increases when Eleutherococcus was administered than when the subjects were given a placebo. After administering Schizandra in an experiment on 140 athletes, 74% of the test subjects obtained their best results in a 3 000 metre run.

Observations were also conducted on weightlifters, wrestlers, and gymnasts. Based on the data obtained, it was concluded that Eleutherococcus extract increased physical work capacity, decreased fatigue and improved the general mental and physical state of the test subjects.

In an experiment on healthy male athletes, adaptogen administration induced a 64% increase in work endurance, while a higher rate of cases with reduced blood lactate and consistently lower blood pressure was also recorded.

A study of people performing physical labour revealed that when Eleutherococcus, Rhaponticum carthamoides, and Rhodiola were administered, all test subjects showed an improvement in their general physical and mental states. There was also an improvement in functional indicators (pulse, arterial pressure, vital capacity, back muscle strength, hand endurance under static tension, co-ordination of movement) and a reduction in the duration of the recovery period in all test subjects.

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 processes after physical exertion.


Researchers Institutes
E. Ahumada            
J. Hermosilla

Laboratorio de Farmacologia
Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

 V. Wyss                   
G.P. Ganzit              
A. Rienzi    
Inst. Med. Sport A. M.
Di Giorgio
Torino, Italy
 A.E. Bulanov          
A.A. Sheparev        
T.M. Agapova
Vladivostok Medical Institute
Vladivostok, Russia
K. Asano                 
T. Takahashi                   
M. Miayshita 
Institute of Health & Sports Sciences
Tsukuba University
Ibaraki, Japan
M. Kuboyama         
H. Kuo
Medical Research Laboratories
Tokyo, Japan
B.N. Blokhin    Institute of Physical Culture
 Moscow, Russia
L. McNaughton       
G. Egan                  
G. Caelli     
Tasmanian State Institute of' Technology
Centre for Physical Education