Ginseng (Asian)

(Known as Korean ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Panax ginseng, Ginseng (Asian))

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How does it work?
Asian ginseng is an adaptogenic herb thought to improve energy and athletic performance, lower blood sugar, support immune function and reduce fatigue.
Who is it used for?
Asian ginseng can be used by anyone facing an unusually high level of physical or mental stress. Some diabetics also use it to assist blood sugar control, though this should be discussed with a doctor. Asian ginseng is also a popular herb with men wanting to improve their sexual performance.
How does it work?
Numerous studies have evaluated the effects of oral ginseng on animals under conditions of extreme stress. The results suggest that ginseng increases physical endurance and may help the body adapt to adverse conditions. Ginseng contains compounds called ginsenosides, with Asian ginseng containing at least 13 ginsenosides. Experts believe these constituents help to counter the effects of stress, improve both physical and mental performance, and support immune function [2, 3].

One study reports increased muscle strength in both men and women after daily supplementation with Asian ginseng for six weeks [4]. Ginseng has also been shown to improve exercise tolerance [9] as well as reduce fatigue and stress when taken in combination with other vitamins and minerals [10, 11].

Several human studies have failed to confirm the purported benefit of Asian ginseng for athletic performance [7, 8]. However, it's important to note that ginseng may have been used in insufficient amounts or for an inadequate length of time [1]. Asian ginseng has also been shown to improve blood sugar levels in type II diabetics [6].

In addition, Korean researchers report that three months of supplementation with Asian ginseng extract improved libido and the ability to maintain an erection [12]. Another trial, this time lasting eight weeks, shows similar results [5].

How do I use it?
Ginseng root extracts are often recommended at a dose of 200-500 milligrams per day. We recommend Korean Ginseng Root Extract (standardised to 8% ginsenosides) by Solgar
What results can I expect?
Ginseng is used for two to three weeks continuously, followed by a one- to two-week "rest" period before resuming.
What can it be combined with?
Used in the recommended amounts, ginseng is generally safe. High doses have been linked with insomnia and should be avoided [10]. Ginseng is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women, or anyone with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

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