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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
07-December-2011 17:03 IST
Development of Performance Enhancing Durgs by DRDO

Defence Institute of High Altitude Reasearch (DIHAR), Leh, a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has developed a unique herbal formulation “Performax” of ten important herbs known to have adaptogenic properties. Animal studies conducted showed nearly 36 percent increased physical performance during exposure to altitude simulating 25,000 ft. Human studies are being planned in collaboration with 153 GH.

The salient features of the developed drugs are:-

* The capsule has a calorific value of 211.8 C and is rich in adaptogens and antioxidants including vitamins.

* It is completely herbal with no toxic effect.

* It can be used as herbal prophylactic and dietary supplement.

Formulation could be used as a prophylactic to improve physical and mental performance of the troops deployed at high altitude and other stressful operational environments. It can improve respiratory, circulatory, nervous and hormonal functions to cope with higher levels of stress.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri N.K. Singh in Rajya Sabha today.