Universal’s Panax Ginseng Extractum is made from six year old red ginseng roots! Enjoy the many benefits of red ginseng like improved energy, increased athletic performance, immune support and much more! Enjoy in one easy vial in the morning and one before sleep, the vial can be diluted in hot or cold water, tea or refreshing fruit juice.
Purified water, honey, alcohol (contains less than 0.5%), sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative).
As a dietary supplement, 1 bottle may be taken daily. Shake well before use. Insert the straw completely to drink contents.
There are several plants that are commonly referred to as ginseng. In the strict sense of the word “ginseng” refers to the Panax genus, of which Korean and American ginseng are the most well known medicinal herbs. Siberian, Indian and Brazilian ginsengs are not members of this genus, but share similar medicinal effects to the true ginsengs. This article will discuss Korean, American and Siberian ginseng. For a discussion on Indian and Brazilian ginseng see the articles titled “Ashwagandha” and “Suma”. The ginsengs are adaptogenic herbs, meaning that they help people during stressful times and recovery from illness and fatigue. The ginsenosides and eleuthrosides are the active medicinal components of the ginsengs. Studies show that they have a structure that is similar to the steroid hormones and act through the brain. The end result is stimulation of the adrenal gland and activation of the body’s energy reserves. This response keeps us safe, allowing us to fight for survival, or to flee from dangerous situations. It also increases heart rate; blood pressure and blood flow to the brain, muscles, lungs and heart. Thus ginseng leads to increased energy, mental performance and performance in physical tasks like athletics. This response can deplete the body after a while so ginseng also contains substances that stimulate cell replication, protein synthesis, immune functioning and blood sugar regulation. All of these properties nourish the body and aid in recovery from times of high activity, illness and stress. The ginsengs are recommended by natural health practitioners for a variety of needs including athletic performance, energy, recovery from illness or surgery, stress, support during cancer treatment, impotence, low libido and frequent colds and flus. The difference in the ginsengs is the strength of their activity and the amount that they stimulate versus nourish the body. Red Korean ginseng is the most stimulating and least nourishing. It is usually recommended for men. Korean white ginseng is slightly less stimulating than the red variety and is a good choice for energy enhancement in women. Both of these varieties are not usually recommended for long-term use. Siberian and American ginseng are moderately stimulating and more nourishing. They are useful for everyone and can be used for longer periods of time. Ginseng can be found in a variety of different forms. Raw herb, teas, single serving liquid vials, tinctures, encapsulated herb or capsules are all widely available. Premium ginseng root can be extremely expensive, costing thousands of dollars a kilogram. This leads one to wonder what type of ginseng most manufacturers are using. Purchase whichever type of ginseng suits your needs but be sure to buy a standardized product as an assurance of the quality of the ginseng. Ginseng products may also be Ginseng can be found in combination products for energy, sexual functioning and memory. Ginseng is found in traditional Chinese formulas. Use caution when purchasing these formulas because their quality varies widely, toxic contaminants may be present and manufacturing practices in China are not well regulated.
What is an Adaptogenic Herb?
Adaptogenic herbs tend to normalize body functions, and when the job is completed, they are eliminated or incorporated into the body without any side effects. Adaptogenic herbs are especially useful in times of increased stress, lowered immunity and lessened vitality. Some excellent adaptogenic herbs include garlic, ginseng, echinacea, ginkgo, goldenseal and pau’darco.
Ginseng and Energy
Picture your body as a machine. In order to get your body to work your body needs fuel or food. It then transports that fuel to each cell. Inside each cell are little engines called mitochondria. They take in the fuel and process it to release energy. The energy is used to power all cell processes and is the ultimate source of your body’s energy. Another body system that impacts on energy is the glandular system. Picture it as the fuel injector of your body. It regulates what fuel gets into the body, which cells get the fuel and in what amounts. The blood cells are also a critical component of the body’s energy system. They carry oxygen, a catalyst for many cell activities, around the body. Lack of energy can be attributed to many causes. All of these causes must negatively impact on our body’s ability to get fuel into the body, inhibit the mitochondria’s ability to turn it into energy or alter the functioning of the hormonal and blood system. Poor nutrition impacts on energy in obvious ways. If your body does not have enough raw materials to provide for it’s functioning than you will feel fatigued. The standard North American diet is deficient in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It is high in saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and chemical additives and preservatives. These substances not only do not give your body usable energy, but they also inhibit the use of good quality food by depleting enzymes and hormones necessary for energy conversion. The body must also deal with the toxic by-products of foods like bleached flour and sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavours and trans-fatty acids. Energy expenditure is funnelled towards detoxification of these substances instead of growth, cell replication and metabolism.