Ginseng is a plant whose ginseng root has been used as medicine in Asia and North America for centuries. Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies in the world.
There are two main types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Studies have shown that the two types have complementary benefits.
Although many other herbs are also called ginseng, such as eleuthero or Siberian ginseng, only Ginseng contains the active substance ginsenosides .
Ginseng is known for its ability to reduce fatigue and promote long-lasting energy and focus . Several studies have shown that ginseng can have a positive effect on reducing fatigue and boosting mental alertness.
In addition, there is evidence that ginseng can positively influence concentration and learning ability . These properties have made ginseng popular for use in energy supplements and energy drinks, among others
Ginseng has also been studied as a means to improve mood, increase endurance and as a treatment for fatigue, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure or menopausal symptoms, among others.
Not all ginseng is equal. Because it is a precious root, it is best to always pay attention to the dose and standardization of ginsenosides . The standardization indicates the amount of active substances and is always expressed in %.
At Metis Energy 06 we therefore choose very highly standardized Panax Ginseng (Korean Ginseng) with 24% ginsenosides (500mg) and Panax quinquefolius (American Ginseng) with 4% ginsenosides (200mg).
There is no natural food that contains ginseng by itself. Ginseng is added to supplements, energy drinks or food.
Any side effects of ginseng are generally mild. It can cause nervousness and insomnia. Very high doses of ginseng can lead to headaches, dizziness, stomach upset and other symptoms. Do not take ginseng without consulting your doctor if you are taking medications. This is especially true if you are taking medications for diabetes, as ginseng can affect blood sugar levels. Caffeine can also enhance the stimulating effects of ginseng.
Due to the lack of specific studies on its safety, ginseng is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pharmacist Dirk Christiaen
Founder of Metis Supplements