The 13+ Benefits Of Maral Root (Russian Leuzea)

Ecdysteroids Of Maral Root And Russian Leuzea 

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Maral roots and its constituents are used for their adaptogenic and tonic properties to improve muscle growth, impotency, physical weakness, mental weariness, recovery after surgery, infectious disease or chemical intoxication. R


  1. Basics
  2. Constituents Of Maral Root
  3. Benefits Maral Root
  4. My Experience
  5. Where To Buy Maral Root
  6. Caveats
  7. Mechanism Of Action
  8. More Research


Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides) also known as Russian Leuzea (Leuzea Carthamoides) is a traditional adaptogenic herb from Russia.

It was discovered as a medicinal plant and named after maral deer - when local hunters in Altai observed the behavior of the maral deer having restored strength after eating the roots. R


Constituents Of Maral Root

Maral Root mainly has steroids, particularly ecdysteroids, and phenolics (flavonoids and phenolic acids) accompanied with polyacetylenes, sesquiterpene lactones, triterpenoid glycosides and terpenes (essential oil). R 

Maral root also contains some B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic/nicotinic acids, and pyridoxine. R

Benefits Of Maral Root

1. Reduces Fatigue And Improves Emotion

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Maral root can reduce the effects of hypnosis and exert an awakening effect. R

It may also improve emotion. R

2. Helps With Endurance, Strength And Recovery

The ecdysteroid constituents (especially of 20E) found in maral root have shown to increase strength, endurance and promote muscle growth of athletes. R R

In clinical trails, track runners that took ecdysten (found in maral root) orally for 20 days had an increase muscle mass and decrease fat content compared to controls.  R

In animal models, maral root can increase the growth of tissue. R

Maral root may help with exercise capacity. R

For example, runners who took maral root for 20 days had an increase in their working capacity (10-15%) and rehabilitation during intensive physical activity. R

In animal models, mice fed a blend of maral root, vitamin C, and bee pollen had an increase of working capacity (56%) after either training by treadmill or swimming. R R

3. Protects The Brain

Maral root may protect certain parts of the brain from excitotoxicity.

For example, ecdysterones in maral root can reduce glutamate-induced excitotoxicity in the hippocampus. R 

Maral root may also help protect the brain during stroke. R

For example, maral root can prevent the destructive changes and decreased the density of synapses in the cerebral cortex after stroke. R

4. May Help With Anxiety And Stress

N-feruloylserotonins found in maral root may have stress-reducing properties in those with anxietyR

5. May Improve Libido

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Maral root may help improve libido. R

For example, in patients recovering from heart attack, maral root increased the copulative function and improved the sperm quality as well as improved sexual function. R

6. Has Antioxidant Properties

Maral root is a free radical scavenger and can reduce the amount of damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS). R R

Maral root's antioxicant properties may synergize well with aronia. R

7. Fights Cancer

Maral root may have activity on:

  • Brain Cancer R
  • Breast Cancer R
  • Cervical Cancer R
  • CNS Lymphoma R
  • Leukemia R
  • Ovarian Cancer R

8. Has Antimicrobial Properties

Maral root has antibacterial activity against:

  • Bacillus cereus R
  • Bacillus subtilis R
  • Bacteroides fragilis R
  • Enterococcus faecalis R
  • Escherichia coli R
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae R
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa R
  • Proteus mirabilis R
  • Proteus vulgaris R
  • Staphylococcus aureus R
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis R

Maral root has anti-fungal activity against:

  • Aspergillus fumigatus R
  • Aspergillus niger R
  • Candida albicans R
  • Candida glabrata R 
  • Candida tropicalis R
  • Penicillium verrucosum R
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes R 

Maral root has antiparasitic activity against:

  • Giardia R

9. Improves Immune System

In track runners, maral root was able to help with coagulation in the blood as well as improve lowered immunoglobulins A (IgA) and G (IgG), as well as of the complement component 3 concentration in blood serum. R

10. Supports The Vascular System

Maral root may help with vascular problems conditions, such as heart attacks and atherosclerosis. R

In hypertensive animal models, maral root can reduce levels of high blood pressure. R

Maral root may also help with arrthymias. R R

11. Improves Biliary System

Maral root has shown to decrease levels of cholesterol, while improving bile levels of bilirubin. R

For example, constitutents found in maral (hesperetin, quercetin, quercetagetin, luteolin, kaempferol, isorhamnetin, chrysanthemin and cyanin) have shown to prevent the accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides in animal models with high levels of cholesterol. R

Maral root can protect the liver against heliotrine induced hepatitis.  R

12. Helps With Diabetes And Metabolic Syndrome

Maral root has shown to reduce levels of blood glucose and improve liver glycogen in diabetic animal models. R

Maral root may also help prevent metabolic syndrome from a high-fat diet, as it can improve glucose intolerance. R

13. May Protect Against Intoxication

Maral root has shown in animals to prevent memory loss by some narcotics. R R

Maral root can also protect against alcohol-induced intoxication. R

For example, in a study in those those who took maral root during alcohol consumption, they had less gastrointestinal symptoms and depressive effects than controls. R

Alpha-amyrin found in maral root may help protect the liver from acetaminophen-induced injuries. R

    14. May Improve Wound Healing

    Alpha-amyrin found in maral root may help wound healing. R

    My Experience

    I originally took maral root to see if it improved my sexual health.

    Instead, I noticed maral root improved my skin quality and using it long term I notice benefits during aerobic exercise.

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    Maral root has been shown to be very safe even at high doses. R

    For example, maral root extracts taken intraperitoneally and subcutaneously in doses up to 40 000 mg/kg did not produce mortality in male albino-mice even 7 days after its application. R

    Mechanism Of Action


    • Increases Adiponectin R
    • Increases Akt R
    • Increases AMPKα1 R
    • Increases Bax R
    • Increases CAT R
    • Increases Corticosterone R
    • Increases mTOR R
    • Increases PANK2 R
    • Increases PI3K R
    • Increases PPAR-alpha R
    • Increases P53 R
    • Increases SOD2 R
    • Reduces BCL2 R
    • Reduces Caspase-3 R
    • Reduces GRIN2B R
    • Reduces IL-1beta R
    • Reduces IL-6 R
    • Reduces Leptin R
    • Reduces MDA R
    • Reduces NF-kB R
    • Reduces ROS R R
    • Reduces TNF-alpha R


    • In the liver, maral root can increase PPARα DNA-binding activity. R
    • Ecdysterones may bind to NMDA receptors. R
    • Ecdysone may bind to farnesoid X receptors (FXR) and liver X receptors (LXR). R R

    More Research

    • Extracts of maral root may be used as insectisides. R