Ginseng is becoming increasingly popular by athletes for its believed benefit to supply energy. It is also believed to help in other areas such as stress, erectile dysfunction, menopause, and its use as a blood thinner to name a few. Effectiveness can vary greatly between individuals and some may notice no effect at all. Few side effects have been known to occur unless an excess amount is consumed, but possible side effects include: headaches, nausea, and trouble sleeping.
If you wish to take ginseng as an herbal supplement, there are many options available. There are three distinctive types of ginseng: Panax(Asian ginseng), Panax Quinquefolius(American ginseng) , and Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng). Each one of these types of ginseng have different properties. Siberian ginseng will be discussed in another article entirely as it is fairly distant in comparison to Asian and American ginseng.
American ginseng is highly valued in Asian countries as it is far less bitter and is even described as sweet while at the same time being quite potent. If you have decided to take ginseng as a supplement to your diet, there are a few ways it can be taken: pill form, liquid form, and raw form. Pills and liquid extracts can easily be found in nearly every health food store.
The amount of ginseng to take relies on which benefits you wish to receive as well as your your body weight. A good beginning dose may be from 500mg to 1000mg when taken from capsule or liquid form, but it is best to follow instructions listed from the suppliers. With any supplement, it should be discussed first with your physician, especially if you are taking prescription medication as ginseng may negatively interact with them.