Daily Dose of Panax Ginseng: 200mg
Ginseng is a perrenial plant with fleshy roots. It is native to North America and Eastern Asia and can only be found in the Northern Hemisphere because of the cool climate. Another type of Ginseng is Siberian Ginseng, which is of the same family but a different genus. Ginseng has been used traditionally for many medical conditions and is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. The root is mainly used and is available in dried form either whole or sliced. The leaf of the ginseng plant can also be used but is not as highly regarded compared to the root.
The claimed benefits of Panax ginseng include boosting mental function, strengthening immunity, increasing energy and physical endurance, treating male sexual dysfunction, and for overall good health. Other research has also found that it may even lower blood sugar levels. Panax ginseng is also used for depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. There are so many promising uses of ginseng but evidence has been uncertain, and only a few have been seriously researched. On top of that, Panax ginseng products are not always what they claim to be. The contents of the product may contain just very little or no Panax ginseng at all.
Ginseng may be included in small doses in energy drinks and even ginseng coffee. The suggested dosage for general purposes is 200mg of an extract that contains 4-7% ginsenosides. If the herb is consumed raw the suggested dosage would be 1-2g daily. Although side effects are rare, if taken in high doses potential side effects may include insomnia, but this effect is disputed. Other side effects may include breast tenderness, high or low blood pressure, nausea, headaches, diarrhea, and nosebleeds.
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