Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (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 per cent increased physical performance during exposure to altitude simulating 25,000 ft. Human studies are being planned in collaboration with a military hospital.
The capsule has a calorific value of 211.8 degree C, is rich in adaptogens and antioxidants including vitamins, is completely herbal with no toxic effect and 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.