So you want to improve your cognitive performance, or give yourself a little brain boost. Don't we all need that from time to time.
Ginseng is often referred to as the King of all Chinese herbs. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used it for prevention and treatment of many diseases and as a general health elixir and performance enhancer for several millennia,.
A group of researchers in the UK decided to study the effects of Ginseng in healthy young adults. This study proved this Chinese herb can improve working memory, improve the speed of performing mental arithmetic and improve reaction times. But the findings are both dose dependent and dependent on the active ingredients in the extract used. The known active ingredient in ginseng are specific saponins known as ginsenosides. The extract used in this study was standardized to 4% total ginsenosides at a 400 mg dose once daily.
What I like about this study is it was randomized, placebo controlled, and double blind. (neither researchers or participants knew which were taking the ginseng). These are the best kinds of studies to trust the results. Although there are thousands of studies on Chinese herbs and specifically panax ginseng, this study was the first to include a comprehensive assessment of working memory. The authors concluded it was the 400 mg dose that made the biggest difference. This study was conducted for 8 days, and most likely not long enough to see a chronic effect.
If you are looking to purchase ginseng there are many varieties on the market. The difficulty is knowing which brand to trust and which brand actually has effective properties. Does the brand you purchase have a minimum 4% total ginsenosides? We understand the confusion and frustration of not knowing if and when an herbal product is truly worth the cost.
Because we have a connection to an excellent source, and customers keep asking for it, we have decided to include ginseng in our store. Our Panax ginseng is tested for impurities and active properties with both TLC and HPLC. It is the same product used throughout hospitals in China. It is the same product which Japanese businessmen seek to purchase, simply because they can afford it. We buy direct so you receive both a quality product sold to herbalist and Acupuncturists, at a fair market price. Our herbal granules can be mixed in warm water to drink as a tea or mix into your favorite smoothie drink. You can also place a small amount of granules on your tongue and swallow with water. Either way you will experience the power and health benefits of ginseng.
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You can read the study mentioned above, here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2952762/