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“Not really effective”, plants with anti-stress properties

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“Not really effective”, plants with anti-stress properties

Ginseng and other products of traditional Chinese medicine.

Ginseng and other products of traditional Chinese medicine.PHOTO: getty images / istockphoto / eskymaks

If ginseng, licorice, chaga, astragalus root and holy basil are part of the long list of natural health products available on the market, their benefits remain to be demonstrated. “In this vast, very lucrative and poorly supervised market, there is no solid proof of their effectiveness. At least that’s Marie Lambert-Chan’s opinion about plants called adaptogens, which have the potential to help our bodies adapt to physical and mental stress.

Positions on this subject are divided and varied. While some speak of “utter nonsense,” other scientists claim to have evidence of proof of their so-called benefits.

The science journalist gives us a portrait of the experiments carried out by Soviet research teams with soldiers, astronauts and athletes in order to test the benefits of some of her products.

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