A Potent Adaptogen, Eleuthero was previously Known as Siberian Ginseng

Similar to ginseng in many respects, Eleuthero, or Eleutherococcus senticosus, earned the name Siberian ginseng, despite the fact that it is an entirely different genus than ginseng although both are of the family Araliaceae. While this name has been around for a long time, more people are beginning to use the actual name in short form, Eleuthero. Another lesser known name, at least in Western countries, is Ciwujiia.

Great Herb for Athletes

Behind the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union was working hard to produce the best athletes. They knew of the benefits of ginseng but wanted to find a cheaper method of increasing their athletes abilities. Thus they came to use Eleuthero, and that is where its nickname comes from.

Much research has been done in Russia and surrounding areas on this herb and its effects on endurance and recovery.*

A study done with six baseball players found an increased breathing capacity in just 8 days.*

In another study done in Australia 8 weeks of consuming Eleuthero led to 13% strength gains in the pecs and 15% in the biceps on average.*

One 8 week study found a 43% increase in the body’s ability to burn fat.*

Another 8-week study found a 12% increase in VO2 Max, a 23% endurance time increase, and a max heart rate increase of 4% over control groups.*

So you can see it may also help with endurance, breathing, strength gains and burning fat too!*

It’s important to note that not every study has shown positive effects from supplementation. For best results, we recommend a good size dose and at least 8 weeks to get the effects.

Wide Ranging Adaptogenic Qualities

As an adaptogen, Eleuthero has many benefits.

  • Modulates Stress*
  • Improves Memory*
  • Anti-Fatigue*
  • Improves Work Output*
  • Helps Build Blood*
  • Improves Use of Oxygen*
  • Supports Immune Function*
  • Mildly Stimulating*
  • Increases Retinal Sensitivity*
  • May help with Diabetes*
  • May help with Insomnia*
  • It even helped improve social life response in the elderly in one study!*

Some of the major identified components of Eleuthero include:

  • Ciwujianosides
  • Eleutherosides
  • Friedelin
  • Isofraxidin
  • Acanthosides

Two components, eleutheroside-B-1 and eleutheroside-E are known androgenic substances. In a castrated rat study, eleuthero kept androgens at the same levels as before in other tissues even after the main source, the testicles had been removed.

In addition, it appears to shift the adrenal action from being cortisol towards DHEA.  Recommended dose is 1 to 2 tsp per day. There are approximately 45 teaspoons per 100-gram bag.