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Fat loss, endurance (stimulant) stress resistance, mental alertness, concentration, workload capacity
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Panax Ginseng with active ginsenosides have been shown
to increase brain activity, hormone activity, lung power
and endurance while reducing lactic acid, fatigue, and
One local study done in 1989, at the Tasmanian
Institute of Technology by Dr Lars McNaughton and
colleagues, ran a well controlled, double blind study
for 12 weeks on experienced athletes.
In addition to physiological measures, they
monitored direct effects and strength and recovery time
from exhaustive exercise.
Compared with the control group (placebo) the
group given ginseng showed an average increase of 22% in
pectoralis strength, and 18% in quadricep strength,
above the increases achieved by the control group.
The ginseng group also showed significantly
faster recovery compared with the control group.
A dose of 200mg/day of standardized ginseng
extract is enough to be effective.
I find a dose of 1000mg of Ginseng powder 1/2 - 1
hour before exercise gives a big boost.
energetic, nervous, tense, hysteric, manic or
schizophrenic people should not take Ginseng.
abuse (habitual ingestion of 3 or more grams of Ginseng
daily for long periods of time) can cause gynecomastia
(bitch tits), high blood pressure, insomnia,
irritability, nervousness, diarrhoea, skin rashes, nausea
and feelings of depression.
addition it has been shown to increase the potential for
a catabolic (muscle break-down) response in the body.