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The Health Benefits of American Ginseng

Many people associate ginseng with regions in Asia, but there are actually several types of ginseng and a few of them grow in other areas of the world. One of my favorites, Panax quinquefolius, also known as American ginseng, has actually been enjoyed by Native Americans for centuries as a way to support energy, fertility, and digestion. The long, solid track record has prompted many people to add a ginseng supplement to their diet.

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Why American Ginseng Works

Potent chemicals deep within the root of the plant are responsible for its therapeutic benefits. Polysaccharide glycans http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=35130 and ginsenosides are arguably the most important. They’re two special nutrients that kickstart the energy boost for which ginseng is best known.

The Top Benefit of American Ginseng: Energy

American ginseng influences energy metabolism by helping muscles work longer before becoming fatigued. The effect is enhanced by the plant’s calming action. Many people have described it as feeling more energetic while simultaneously feeling more at ease; almost like a ready focus. [1] [2] [3]

More Benefits of American Ginseng

The benefits of ginseng go well beyond boosting energy…

- Promotes normal blood sugar [4] [5]
- Boosts the immune system [6]
- Soothes intestinal irritation [7]
- Supports normal brain function, memory, and thought [8] [9]

How to Supplement With American Ginseng

Ginseng is popular and there are a lot of options when choosing a ginseng supplement. There are also a lot of questions to ask. Is it organic? Is it wildcrafted? Are there any unnecessary ingredients? Is the brand transparent about their production process? Does it offer a significant amount of active plant compounds? Do you have individual health concerns? For example, if you take blood thinners, check with your doctor before you take American ginseng.

American ginseng is most effective when combined with other types of ginseng and supportive herbs. If you’re looking for a suggestion, Ginseng Fuzion™ http://dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33293 is made with organic American ginseng, organic eleuthero, tienchi ginseng, and wild-crafted jiaogulan. It also contains two other adaptogens, organic ashwagandha http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33639 and organic maca http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=33063, that really kick the formula up a notch. The reviews http://dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33293 for the product are incredible.

Are you a fan of American ginseng or any other type of ginseng? What effects have you noticed? Leave a comment and share your experience with us!

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

1. Scholey A, Ossoukhova A, Owen L, Ibarra A, Pipingas A, He K, Roller M, Stough C. Effects of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) on neurocognitive function: an acute, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20676609. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2010 Oct;212(3):345-56. doi: 10.1007/s00213-010-1964-y. Epub 2010 Jul 31.
2. Barton DL, Liu H, Dakhil SR, Linquist B, Sloan JA, Nichols CR, McGinn TW, Stella PJ, Seeger GR, Sood A, Loprinzi CL. Wisconsin Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) to improve cancer-related fatigue: a randomized, double-blind trial, N07C2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23853057. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Aug 21;105(16):1230-8. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt181. Epub 2013 Jul 13.
3. Qi B, Liu L, Zhang H, Zhou GX, Wang S, Duan XZ, Bai XY, Wang SM, Zhao DQ. Anti-fatigue effects of proteins isolated from Panax quinquefolium http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24607495. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Apr 28;153(2):430-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.02.045. Epub 2014 Mar 4.
4. Sen S, Querques MA, Chakrabarti S. North American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) prevents hyperglycemia and associated pancreatic abnormalities in diabetes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23875898. J Med Food. 2013 Jul;16(7):587-92. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2012.0192.
5. Mucalo I, Rahelić D, Jovanovski E, Bozikov V, Romić Z, Vuksan V. Effect of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23390846. Coll Antropol. 2012 Dec;36(4):1435-40.
6. Biondo PD, Robbins SJ, Walsh JD, McCargar LJ, Harber VJ, Field CJ. A randomized controlled crossover trial of the effect of ginseng consumption on the immune response to moderate exercise in healthy sedentary men http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18923572. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2008 Oct;33(5):966-75.
7. Dougherty U, Mustafi R, Wang Y, Musch MW, Wang CZ, Konda VJ, Kulkarni A, Hart J, Dawson G, Kim KE, Yuan CS, Chang EB, Bissonnette M. American ginseng suppresses Western diet-promoted tumorigenesis in model of inflammation-associated colon cancer: role of EGFR http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22070864. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011;11:111.
8. Rinwa P1, Kumar A. Modulation of nitrergic signalling pathway by American ginseng attenuates chronic unpredictable stress-induced cognitive impairment, neuroinflammation, and biochemical alterations http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24132508. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2014 Feb;387(2):129-41. doi: 10.1007/s00210-013-0925-5. Epub 2013 Oct 17.
9. Lian XY, Zhang Z, Stringer JL. Protective effects of ginseng components in a rodent model of neurodegeneration http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15852378. Ann Neurol. 2005 May;57(5):642-8.

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