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American Ginseng Adaptogens 1 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnGinseng is regarded as the prototypic adaptogen, and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is one of them. The plant Panax quinquefolius grows in the northern and central parts of the United States and some parts of Canada.

 Being very similar to Asian ginseng, American ginseng contains the active ingredients ginsenosides.


Athletic Benefits of American Ginseng:

  1. Improves athletic performance.
  2. Relieves mental and physical fatigue.
  3. Improves vitality.
  4. Helps athletes cope with stress easily.
  5. Helps speed recovery.

 Non – Athletic Benefits of American Ginseng:

American ginseng may be beneficial in the following conditions:

  1. Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  2. Diabetes type II.
  3. Low function thyroid.
  4. Common cold.
  5. Low stamina.

 Dosage and Side Effects:

American ginseng can be used as dried powder in capsules or tablets, 2 – 3 grams a day, or tincture, 5 – 15 ml a day. American ginseng might cause agitation, headaches, sleeplessness, and stomach upset.

American ginseng should be avoided in the following conditions:

  1. Along with blood – thinning medications such as warfarin.
  2. Impaired liver function.
  3. Renal failure.