|What Are Adaptogens
| An important question for any company considering a unique ingredient
is whether there is a sustainable supply and continuity of supply.
The Brekhman blend of Adaptogens is a custom formulated proprietary blend of seven Adaptogens
and three additional herbs. Together these natural plant products provide a very well researched
answer to controlling the deleterious impact stress can have on one's body. The mechanism is that
the herbs normalize the production of cortisol (hydrocortisone). Cortisol is produced in the adrenal
glands as part of an autonomic response to stress and stressors. As the quantity of stressors
increases, so does the production of cortisol. Cortisol is used by the organism to rally certain
functions to deal with the events or stress factors. The adrenals can become exhausted and fail to
produce cortisol in sufficient quantities if stressors are not dealt with over a period of time, usually
years. This is sometimes referred to as adrenal fatigue. Adaptogens have the remarkable ability to
normalize the production of hydrocortisone, that is reduce the high and dangerous output and
reverse the low output or Stage III stress as defined by Hans Selye and Dr. Israel Brekhman in their
The importance of Adaptogens is evident. The supply and continuity of supply therefore are
important matters for discussion. The herbs used are common to the vast Primorye area of the far
east of Russia, including parts of northern China and Mongolia. Harvesting in Russia is done by
obtaining a permit requiring the harvesters to replant the harvested area with native seed from the
plants harvested. This is called wildcrafting. Each of the herbs used is in plentiful supply; however, a
watchful eye is placed on illegal and over-harvesting to help assure a supply of raw materials for
years to come.
The processing facility has a capacity as currently configured to produce approximately 240,000
liters per year. That quantity represents about 142 million servings. With little added expense and
on property already owned, we have the capability to double capacity. This can be done without a
significant impact on the raw material supply.
We have the capacity to back up production in the event of a disaster that would incapacitate the
factory. The factory is the third largest pharmaceutical factory in Russia. The plant employs more
than 1600 employees and its campus covers about 16 hectors of property. The production of
Adaptogens is only a small part of the manufacturing at the factory. The primary pharmacy items
include surgery preparation kits, ethical drug production and various over-the-counter remedies that
appear in apothecaries throughout Russia.
Sunrise Global Trading has a contract in place as the exclusive exporter from the factory. The
current contract, initiated in 2000, endures through December 31, 2020 and is renewable. Renewal
periods are for 10-year periods. Sunrise has staff in Russia that oversees production and helps
assure product quality. The factory is FDA registered and ISO compliant. We are very proud of our
relationship with the factory and we protect our agreement with them. The Russian Government has
issued a single license in all of Russia to our plant and to Sunrise Global Trading for the production
of custom co-extraction products.