Maral Root

Little Known Root with Anabolic Activity Leads to Increased Lean Muscle Mass and Improved Work Capacity

Maral root is known by a number of names like Rhaponticum carthamoides, Leuzea carthamoides and Stemmacantha carthamoides. It grows wildly in Siberia and is cultivated in different areas of Russia and Eastern Europe.

The name Maral root comes from the maral deer who feed on it. Specifically the males would fight each other during mating season, then dig out the roots and eat them to restore strength. Local people noticed this and used the root themselves historically for the following purposes:

  • Recovery from fatigue
  • Treat impotence
  • Recovery from various illnesses
  • Increasing sexual potency
  • Improving mild depression
  • Increase memory
  • Increase work capacity
  • Adaptogenic properties
  • Anabolic properties

Maral Root

Maral Root 20:1 Extract Powder
100 Gram Bag – $44.95

It’s been Prescribed to Russian Athletes
to Aid in Recovery from Hard Training

Many people have heard of the Chinese Olympic athletes in swimming and track that won many medals and their use of Cordyceps. But that wasn’t all they used. Also included were Rhodiola, Eleuthero and Maral Root.

Some people report feeling a “lift-off” effect that is helpful in getting the momentum going for work projects or working out when on maral root.

It appears to have anabolic effects allowing the body to put on more lean muscle mass, which has made Rhaponticum carthamoides supplements popular in some bodybuilding circles.

Maral root contains a number of antioxidants, flavonoids and natural plant sterols. One substance is called 20-Hydroxycdysone which increases protein synthesis at the cellular level, which leads to increases in muscular tissue. Having a whole plant extract of maral root is important. Several studies showed isolation of this compound to be less effective in a number of experiments.

Maral root also contains ecdysterones, a hormone normally found in insects and crustaceans. Not normally found in humans, this component has been shown to have many physiological effects and may be at least partially responsible for its anabolic activity.

More Maral Root Benefits

It’s only recently been recognized by Western science and begun to be studied. A look at the current research, mostly done in Russia and surrounding areas, unveils the following:

  • Increased Protein Synthesis
  • Increased Work Capacity and Recovery by Athletes
  • Increased Muscle Mass
  • Stress Reducing Effects
  • Improvement in Overall Oxygen Transport Capacity of Blood
  • Increased Red and White Blood Cell Count
  • Immune System Modulation
  • Inhibits Nuclear Factor kappa B (NFkB)
  • Anti Cancerous, Microbial, Fungal and Parasitic
  • Antioxidant Activity Suppressing Oxidative Burst and Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS)
  • Significantly Modulate Cellular Activities and Regulation of DNA Replication
  • Improved Hyperglycemia
  • Cardioprotective Effects and Anti-Arrhythmic
  • Antiplatelet activity
  • Memory improvement

Contraindications and Side Effects

Maral root may increase the risk of bleeding so beware when taking drugs or other supplements that thin the blood.

As maral root is not heavily researched, side effects and contraindications may occur, with it interacting with other supplements and drugs with similar effects in unknown ways. This includes anabolics, antibacterials, anti cacogenics, antidepressants, antifungals, antioxidants, antiulcer, ant-anxiety, cardiovascular, erectile dysfunction, immune system, hormonal, weight loss herbs and supplements and more.

By ordering and consuming maral root you accept and acknowledge that this herb has not been fully studied and is not intended to treat or cure any disease by the FDA.

It is unknown whether the use of maral root will show up on any drug screens or tests, or be banned from sports in the future like Deer Antler. (If you find out either way please let us know.)

Maral Root Dosage

This is not a raw root powder, nor a tincture form, of maral root, but a 20:1 hot water extract, making this potent stuff. For this reason its taste and appearance may be different than other Rhaponticum carthamoides supplements out there.

Recommended starting dose is 1-2 teaspoons daily.

Our maral root extract has a slight caramel-like flavor and is better tasting then many of the other herbs. It mixes fairly well into any liquid.


Maral Root 20:1 Extract Powder
100 Gram Bag – $44.95

Independent Lab Results

  1. Complete Mineral and Heavy Metals Report
  2. Microbiology Report

Chemistry and pharmacology of Rhaponticum carthamoides: a review.
Estimation of the hypoglycemic effect of phytoecdysteroids
Effect of Rhaponticum carthamoides extract in combination with dosed physical load on hemorheological parameters of rats with myocardial infarction
Effects of Leuzea carthamoides on human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells determined by gene expression profiling and functional assays
Effects of 20-hydroxyecdysone, Leuzea carthamoides extracts, dexamethasone and their combinations on the NF-κB activation in HeLa cells
Investigation of the antimicrobial activity of Rhaponticum (Rhaponticum carthamoides D.C. Iljin) and shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa L.
Suppression of oxidative burst in human neutrophils with the naturally occurring serotonin derivative isomer from Leuzea carthamoides.
The inhibiting effect of phytoadaptogenic preparations from bioginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus and Rhaponticum carthamoides on the development of nervous system tumors in rats induced by N-nitrosoethylurea
Cardioprotective and antiarrhythmic properties of preparations from Leuzea carthamoides, Aralia mandshurica, and Eleutherococcus senticosus
In vitro antiplatelet activity of flavonoids from Leuzea carthamoides.
The selective effect of N-feruloylserotonins isolated from Leuzea carthamoides on nociception and anxiety in rats
Cerebroprotector activity of Rhaponticum carthamoides extract in rats with brain ischemia
Antifungal activity of a thiophene polyine from Leuzea carthamoides.
Effects of eleutherococcus, elton, leuzea, and leveton on the blood coagulation system during training in athletes
The results of experimental study of phytoecdysteroids as erythropoiesis stimulators in laboratory animals
Insect hormones in vertebrates: anabolic effects of 20-hydroxyecdysone in Japanese quail.
A comparative study of the anabolic action of ecdysten, leveton and Prime Plus, preparations of plant origin
Anabolic activity of phytoecdysone-ecdysterone isolated from Rhaponticum carthamoides
Effects of extract from Rhapontcum carthamoides (Willd) Iljin (Leuzea) on learning and memory in rats.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

** We test all products on ourselves to verify the claims made by supplier’s and are in the process of getting them independently lab tested to verify contents. These products are not certified organic but would likely pass that inspection if it was paid for. GMO-Free.


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by Angel's Personal Training on Maral Root
It Works!

This stuff works quite well. I have been taking it for about a month and it works so well that this month I ordered more maral root along with some pine pollen, he shou wu, and horny goat weed, which just arrived today. Their herbs are obviously legit. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words... in this case I think some videos are the most appropriate review I can

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by Spencer on Maral Root

I notice i have an increased work capacity when taking maral root, my recovery is much better with less muscle soreness and I feel calm when taking it. Gotta remind myself to still progress slowly because my ability to do lots and lots of work sets has increased.

by Daniel on Maral Root
You gotta try this

I am so happy with all the herbs I have tried from you guys,your products are great. I felt such a boost from the maral root, strength energy, people should try this stuff out...

by Rob Moorman on Maral Root
can't say for sure

I can't tell if it's made a difference or not. I switched jobs about the time I started taking it and seem to be doing OK.