Maral roots are also known as Russian leuzea. It is a rare plant that is cultivated in Russia as well as in central Asia. It grows on the slopes of the mountains. It requires the mild coldness for the growth and not much of a heat. Maral roots are important because of a wide range of their health benefits. The name comes from the maral deer that feeds on it. The maral deer eats the roots in their mating season to boost up their strength.
There are lots of health benefits provided by this plant. Mainly it is associated with the strength of the body. The Russian soldiers ate the roots to build up their muscular strength. These maral roots regulate the flow of the blood towards the muscles and help in strengthening the muscles. It is also stated by the scientists that maral roots are very beneficial for tiredness and fatigue. It lessens the pain of and strengthens the body. That is the basic reason of their utilization by soldiers and athletes.
The main active components of the roots are tannins, flavonoids, lignin, alkaloids, glycosides, vitamins and ecdysterone. Among them, the most important active component is the ecdysterone. The ecdysternoe is mainly associated with the protein synthesis of the body. In this way it helps in developing muscles. This ecdysterone is also associated with better brain performance and liver functioning. However, the researchers have found almost hundred components in the maral roots but more research is needed to prove all benefits it might provide.
In the earlier days, the plant roots were given to the patients to treat their kidney and liver diseases, jaundice, fever, pain and to relax the body. The research on the benefits of the maral roots was started in 1940s and it’s still in progress today.