Ginseng, a natural nootropic with neurocognitive effects.✝
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Ginseng is a natural nootropic extracted from the Araliaceae family of plants.1 The most common ginsengs are Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A.Meyer) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium L.).4 Ginseng is a popular Chinese herb that has been widely used to treat various diseases for thousands of years. Its popularity is supported by the worldwide sales of ginseng products that in 2001 were reported to be 300 million US dollars.1 A wide range of therapeutic and pharmacological applications makes ginseng one of the most widely used herbal nootropics around the world. Ginseng is also known as an adaptogen, meaning an herb, which improves body’s ability to adapt to stress.
Ginseng’s pharmacologically active components are ginsenosides (aka triterpene saponins).1 Ginseng has been traditionally used to modulate blood pressure, metabolism and immune functions.1 As a nutraceutical, ginseng has reproducible neurocognitive effects in humans.2 Several studies in healthy young volunteers demonstrated the effects of acute doses of ginseng on different aspects of cognitive function as evidenced by changes in brain activity and peripheral blood glucose concentrations. Cognitive functions that are positively affected by the use of ginseng include reaction time, word recall, mental fatigue, working memory performance, concentration, and mental arithmetic performance.2
A nootropic effect of Korean red ginseng has also been demonstrated in a recent clinical study using 14 patients with Alzheimer’s disease.3 The study carried out in South Korea found that 12 weeks of Korean red ginseng extract improved various cognitive measures in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Other pharmacological effects of ginseng include immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and even anti-cancer activities.4
Ginsenosides modulate expressions and functions of serotonin receptors (5-HT), NMDA receptors, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChR).1 Ginsenosides are also believed to be involved in glucoregulation as well as regulation of nitric oxide synthesis.2
The recommended daily dosage of ginseng is 400 mg. However, some users take as much as 1500 mg daily. Take ginseng with a meal. Please note that it may take up to 2 months before seeing results. For a stronger cognitive enhancement you should consider taking ginseng with Ginkgo Biloba and Vinpocetine.
Ginseng is generally well-tolerated and safe to use. Although side effects are rare, but may include: restlessness, headache, insomnia and high blood pressure.
Serving size: 1 capsule
Servings per bottle: 120
Amount per serving: Ginseng 400 mg
Other ingredients: Magnesium Stearate; Silicon Dioxide
This product is free from: Artificial Flavours, Colours & Preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans
✝ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The above products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should consult a physician before taking a new product or a nootropic. This product should not be taken by pregnant or nursing mothers, people suffering from cardiovascular disease or those under 18 years of age.
Any studies cited here are not conclusive and are limited to their closed environment nature; they might not determine ones experience with a nootropic, due to a large number of unaccounted variables falling outside the scope of such studies.
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