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Indian ginseng - what it is, properties, effects, opinions

Indian ginseng (or ashwagandha) is an interesting plant with many health-promoting properties.

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Indian ginseng (or ashwagandha) is a plant found naturally in Asia and Africa. Its health-promoting effects attract many people year after year. In this article you will find information on the properties, dosage and indications for Indian ginseng supplementation.

Indian ginseng has anti-anxiety properties, improves sleep quality, and increases fertility. Sounds great, right? That's exactly what Indian ginseng is supposed to be. These and other properties encourage many people to supplement with this adaptogen. What is Indian ginseng? How does it work? Is it really safe? Answers to these and other questions can be found in this article.

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Description of contents:

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  1. What is Indian ginseng?
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  3. Indian ginseng, Korean ginseng or Siberian ginseng - which one to choose?
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  5. Indian ginseng - properties
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  7. How to dose Indian ginseng?
  8. Indian ginseng - supplementation
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  10. Contraindications to the use of Indian ginseng
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  12. Indian ginseng - side effects
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  14. Can Indian ginseng interact with medications
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  16. Summary
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What is Indian ginseng?

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Indian ginseng is an evergreen shrub that grows in Asia and Africa. Humans used it as far back as several thousand years ago to cope with lack of energy, stress or impaired concentration. It is considered by many to be the most important herb in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine)and.

Indian ginseng is also known as ashwagandha, sluggish vitania or sleeping sickness. It is a adaptogen, an agent that is thought to bring us into a state of homeostasis (internal balance). There are over 70 adaptogens - Indian ginseng is one of the most popularand.

With fibre

Pharmovit Ashwagandha bio

Pharmovit Ashwagandha bio
4.5
  • Content of ashwagandha: 200 mg root extract ashwagandha, including 10 mg vitanolidów
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  • Additional active ingredients: bio acacia fibre Inavea™
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  • Form: capsules
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  • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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  • Sufficient for: 60 days
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Product description

Ashwagandha capsules for improving mood and counteracting the negative effects of stress. Get energised for your favourite activities and don't let everyday difficulties get to you with a plant known from Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.

Re-establish balance and tranquillity and, thanks to the addition of bio-fibre, improve the functioning of the entire body. 

Pros and cons

Ashwagandha capsules for improving mood and counteracting the negative effects of stress. Get energised for your favourite activities and don't let everyday difficulties get to you with a plant known from Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.

Re-establish balance and tranquillity and, thanks to the addition of bio-fibre, improve the functioning of the entire body. 

Additional information

Ashwagandha capsules for improving mood and counteracting the negative effects of stress. Get energised for your favourite activities and don't let everyday difficulties get to you with a plant known from Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.

Re-establish balance and tranquillity and, thanks to the addition of bio-fibre, improve the functioning of the entire body. 

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The power of adaptogens

Purella Superfoods Ashwagandha

Purella Superfoods Ashwagandha
5.0
  • Main ingredients: standardized root extract Indian ginseng, standardized black pepper extract (piperine)
  • Form: capsules
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  • Packaging: 60 capsules
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  • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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  • Sufficient for: 60 days
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Product description

A dietary supplement containing a standardised extract of the root of ashwagandha, which exhibits adaptogenic effects. It helps reduce stress, as well as take care of physical and mental róbalance.

Pros and cons

A dietary supplement containing a standardised extract of the root of ashwagandha, which exhibits adaptogenic effects. It helps reduce stress, as well as take care of physical and mental róbalance.

Additional information

A dietary supplement containing a standardised extract of the root of ashwagandha, which exhibits adaptogenic effects. It helps reduce stress, as well as take care of physical and mental róbalance.

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Pure ashwagandha

YANGO Ginseng Forte™ capsules

YANGO Ginseng Forte™ capsules
4.7
  • Active ingredients: ginseng (Panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera)
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  • Additional active ingredients: none
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  • Form:capsules
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  • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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  • Sufficient for: 90 days
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Product description

Ginseng Forte&trade dietary supplement; combines three species of ginseng: ginseng (Panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera).

Pros and cons

Ginseng Forte&trade dietary supplement; combines three species of ginseng: ginseng (Panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera).

Additional information

Ginseng Forte&trade dietary supplement; combines three species of ginseng: ginseng (Panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera).

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Intenson Bio Ashwagandha tablets

Intenson Bio Ashwagandha tablets
3.6
  • Active ingredients: ashwagandha
  • Form: tablets
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  • Dose: 1–2 tablets 2 times daily
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  • Sufficient for: 100 or 50 days
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Product description

Ashwagandha BIO tablets are a certified dietary supplement and a form of one of the most recognisable plants in the adaptogenów group. Ashwagandha in BIO form is a helper for your health and well-being.

Pros and cons

Ashwagandha BIO tablets are a certified dietary supplement and a form of one of the most recognisable plants in the adaptogenów group. Ashwagandha in BIO form is a helper for your health and well-being.

Additional information

Ashwagandha BIO tablets are a certified dietary supplement and a form of one of the most recognisable plants in the adaptogenów group. Ashwagandha in BIO form is a helper for your health and well-being.

A simple but effective composition

Ashwagandha CLASSIC 400 mg + BioPerine®

Ashwagandha CLASSIC 400 mg + BioPerine®
4.8
  • Active ingredients: ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), piperine
  • Standardisation: ashwagandha 7% vitanolidesós, 1% alkaloidsós, 0.25% vitapherin; black pepper fruit extract standardised to 95% piperine
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  • Form: capsules
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  • Dose: 1 capsule daily
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  • Sufficient for: 4 months
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Product description

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen thatós designed to increase the body's resistance to stress, support sleep quality, regeneration and improve mood. Piperine, present in the formulation, supports digestion and absorption of nutrientsós and increases the effectiveness of the herbal ingredients.

Product recommended for people whoóre overtired and need to relax, calm down and improve the quality of their sleep. 

It is also an ideal preparation for all  physically active people who want to regenerate and improve their sports performance. 

Pros and cons

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen thatós designed to increase the body's resistance to stress, support sleep quality, regeneration and improve mood. Piperine, present in the formulation, supports digestion and absorption of nutrientsós and increases the effectiveness of the herbal ingredients.

Product recommended for people whoóre overtired and need to relax, calm down and improve the quality of their sleep. 

It is also an ideal preparation for all  physically active people who want to regenerate and improve their sports performance. 

Additional information

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen thatós designed to increase the body's resistance to stress, support sleep quality, regeneration and improve mood. Piperine, present in the formulation, supports digestion and absorption of nutrientsós and increases the effectiveness of the herbal ingredients.

Product recommended for people whoóre overtired and need to relax, calm down and improve the quality of their sleep. 

It is also an ideal preparation for all  physically active people who want to regenerate and improve their sports performance. 

User review

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen thatós designed to increase the body's resistance to stress, support sleep quality, regeneration and improve mood. Piperine, present in the formulation, supports digestion and absorption of nutrientsós and increases the effectiveness of the herbal ingredients.

Product recommended for people whoóre overtired and need to relax, calm down and improve the quality of their sleep. 

It is also an ideal preparation for all  physically active people who want to regenerate and improve their sports performance. 

Pure composition

SOLGAR, ashwagandha root extract

SOLGAR, ashwagandha root extract
4.8
  • Active ingredients: ashwagandha
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  • Form: capsules
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  • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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  • Sufficient for: 60 days
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Product description

Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties, i.e. it increases the body's resistance to stress, supports mental function and emotional stability. The supplement is recommended for people who live busy everyday lives, have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen for people who have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

Pros and cons

Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties, i.e. it increases the body's resistance to stress, supports mental function and emotional stability. The supplement is recommended for people who live busy everyday lives, have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen for people who have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

Additional information

Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties, i.e. it increases the body's resistance to stress, supports mental function and emotional stability. The supplement is recommended for people who live busy everyday lives, have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen for people who have to deal with stressful situations, often find it difficult to control strong emotions, are looking for calming and tranquillity, want to enjoy a good mood every day, have problems sleeping and sleeping.

As many as 5 adaptogens

YANGO, Harmony, adaptogens, capsules

YANGO, Harmony, adaptogens, capsules
4.8
  • Active ingredients: Indian ginseng (ashwagandha), Siberian ginseng, Chinese citronella, maca, Baikal thyroid 
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  • Additional active ingredients: Oxy Protect™
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  • Form: capsules
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  • Dose: 2 capsules daily
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  • Sufficient for: 30 days
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Product description

This dietary supplement contains a synergistic combination of 5 plant extracts that positively influence the body's homeostasis and well-being. The product is recommended for people living under stress, tension and those who are physically active.

Pros and cons

This dietary supplement contains a synergistic combination of 5 plant extracts that positively influence the body's homeostasis and well-being. The product is recommended for people living under stress, tension and those who are physically active.

Additional information

This dietary supplement contains a synergistic combination of 5 plant extracts that positively influence the body's homeostasis and well-being. The product is recommended for people living under stress, tension and those who are physically active.

Coffee 2.0

Mushroom Coffee, Chaga + Ashwagandha, coffee with adaptogens

Mushroom Coffee, Chaga + Ashwagandha, coffee with adaptogens
4.8
  • Composition: chaga, ashwagandha, arabica coffee
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  • Form: powder
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  • Packaging: 330 g
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  • Dose: 11 g per day
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  • Sufficient for: 30 days
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Product description

Coffee with adaptogens allows you to function better under the weight of stress. It is perfect for moments of mental strain, but also for quiet days dedicated to relaxation or enjoyable activities. „Take your time slowly” – this slogan perfectly fits the profile of this mushroom coffee variant.

The idea of mushroomós addition to coffee is still baffling to many peopleób, but those who tryób stay with it for longer. Mushroomóve extracts do not have a mushroomy aroma, instead they have a very mild and neutral flavour, forming a great duo with the natural aroma of the coffee.

Pros and cons

Coffee with adaptogens allows you to function better under the weight of stress. It is perfect for moments of mental strain, but also for quiet days dedicated to relaxation or enjoyable activities. „Take your time slowly” – this slogan perfectly fits the profile of this mushroom coffee variant.

The idea of mushroomós addition to coffee is still baffling to many peopleób, but those who tryób stay with it for longer. Mushroomóve extracts do not have a mushroomy aroma, instead they have a very mild and neutral flavour, forming a great duo with the natural aroma of the coffee.

Additional information

Coffee with adaptogens allows you to function better under the weight of stress. It is perfect for moments of mental strain, but also for quiet days dedicated to relaxation or enjoyable activities. „Take your time slowly” – this slogan perfectly fits the profile of this mushroom coffee variant.

The idea of mushroomós addition to coffee is still baffling to many peopleób, but those who tryób stay with it for longer. Mushroomóve extracts do not have a mushroomy aroma, instead they have a very mild and neutral flavour, forming a great duo with the natural aroma of the coffee.

3 adaptogens

Pharmovit, Extracts in drops Adaptogens

Pharmovit, Extracts in drops Adaptogens
4.2
  • Main ingredients: Membranous astragalus extract, Siberian ginseng extract, góginseng extract
  • Form: drops
  • Packaging: 30 ml/60 daily servings
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  • Dose: 9 drops per day
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  • Sufficient for: 60 days
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Product description

Supplement from Pharmovit is a composition of three plant extractsóin glycerine-water drops. Benefit from the combined properties of Siberian ginseng, membranous astragalus and góginseng.

Pros and cons

Supplement from Pharmovit is a composition of three plant extractsóin glycerine-water drops. Benefit from the combined properties of Siberian ginseng, membranous astragalus and góginseng.

Additional information

Supplement from Pharmovit is a composition of three plant extractsóin glycerine-water drops. Benefit from the combined properties of Siberian ginseng, membranous astragalus and góginseng.

Convenient form

Aura Herbals Adaptogens liquid

Aura Herbals Adaptogens liquid
4.8
  • Active ingredients: ashwagandha, small-leafed bacopa, gotu kola, boswellia serrata
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  • Form: drops
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  • Dose: 1.25 ml
  • Sufficient for: 40 days
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Product description

An adaptogenócomplex to support the body's resistance to stress, support concentration and memory processes, influence physical and mental performance and help maintain emotional stability. Convenient form of administration – ideal if you do not like swallowing tablets. The product is recommended for people who are very active, overtired and live under stress.

Pros and cons

An adaptogenócomplex to support the body's resistance to stress, support concentration and memory processes, influence physical and mental performance and help maintain emotional stability. Convenient form of administration – ideal if you do not like swallowing tablets. The product is recommended for people who are very active, overtired and live under stress.

Additional information

An adaptogenócomplex to support the body's resistance to stress, support concentration and memory processes, influence physical and mental performance and help maintain emotional stability. Convenient form of administration – ideal if you do not like swallowing tablets. The product is recommended for people who are very active, overtired and live under stress.

Indian ginseng, Korean ginseng or Siberian ginseng - which one to choose?

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There are several types of ginseng. The most popular of these are Indian ginseng, Korean ginseng and Siberian ginseng. What are the characteristics of the different plants?

Korean ginseng

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Korean ginseng has become famous for its health-promoting effects. It is a plant found mainly in China, Russia and...Korea. Some studies suggest, that Korean ginseng has positive effects on immunity, mood and cognitive functions such as orientation and memory. It may also prevent Alzheimer's disease and support memoryand

Siberian ginseng

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Siberian ginseng, contrary to appearances is not found exclusively in Siberia. Its native habitat is in China, Russia, Korea and Japan. It is also known as eleutherococcus spinosus. It counteracts fatigue, as well as anxiety and depression. Furthermore, Siberian ginseng positively affects the nervous system and counteracts stressand.

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Indian ginseng

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It is Indian ginseng that we are taking a closer look at today. It is mainly found in the Middle East and also in some areas of Africa. It has been used for hundreds of years, but has only recently been studied. It can support overall wellbeing, as well as increase physical performanceand

Indian ginseng - properties

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The so-called vitanolides (bioactive compounds) are responsible for the health-promoting properties of Indian ginseng. 

What does Indian ginseng help with?

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Sleep problems

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Prolonged sleep disorders can lead to problems such as diabetes, obesity, depression, stroke, and even heart attack. Studies suggest, that Indian ginseng improves total sleep time and sleep quality - both among people with insomnia and everyone elseand

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Stress

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One of the more popular actions of Indian ginseng is to effectively combat stress. The adaptogen relieves tension and has an anti-anxiety effect. Indian ginseng is also responsible for lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the bodyand.

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Mental health conditions

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Some research suggests that Indian ginseng alleviates the symptoms of some mental health conditions. Taking 1,000 mg of Indian ginseng extract for 12 weeks resulted in a reduction in depressive symptoms and anxiety in people with schizophreniaand.

Another study found that the plant supports the treatment of bipolar affective disorder or schizophrenia. 

Physical performance

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Indian ginseng may have a positive effect on athletic performance. An analysis involving 12 studies suggests that taking doses of 120 to 1,250 mg of the extract resulted in increased physical performance in athletes. A review of four other studies found that Indian ginseng can increase aerobic ceilingand.

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Fertility in men

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Taking Indian ginseng may have a positive effect on male fertility and testosterone levels in the body. One study suggests that supplementation with an extract of this plant resulted in an increase in testosterone (male sex hormone) levels by 14.7% and DHEA-S (adrenal hormone) levels by 18%. Furthermore, Indian ginseng increases sperm motilityand.

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DHEA-S is an adrenal hormone that is secreted in both men and women. Its biochemical metabolism results in the formation of sex hormones such as testosterone, androstendione and estrogen, for example.
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How else does Indian ginseng workand?

  • Promotes the treatment of fertility problems in women.

  • Reduces levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).

  • Helps to treat fertility problems in women.

  • Reduces overall feelings of fatigue.

  • Reduces fatigue.

  • Improves the functioning of the immune system.

  • Improves the functioning of the immune system.
  • Improves mood and increases motivation to perform.

  • Improves immune function.
  • Improves the treatment of hypothyroidism.

  • Improves the treatment of hypothyroidism.

  • Neutralizes free radicals (has antioxidant effects).

  • Has a positive effect on the treatment of hypothyroidism.

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How to dosage Indian ginseng?

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Everyone should follow the manufacturer's recommendations on the leaflet. Taking higher doses of Indian ginseng than recommended will never benefit our health. Remember that Indian ginseng does not have an immediate effect, so you will have to wait up to several weeks for the effects of its use.

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Depending on the form of administration, supplement manufacturers recommend taking: 300 to 500 mg per day of Indian ginseng extract; 1-2 tablespoons (approximately 5 to 7 g) - cut root; up to 3 grams per day - powdered root.
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Indian ginseng - supplementation

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Hundreds of products, and each looks very similar. We all know it well, and in the end the choice of supplement will affect our health. Dr Witold Tomaszewski, M.D., suggests what to look for when choosing an Indian ginseng preparation. 

Parameters

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Dr Witold Tomaszewski, M.D., emphasises that when choosing an Indian ginseng supplement, two parameters should be noted. 

  • DER (Drug Extract Ratio). It defines how much plant material has been used to produce one part of a given extract. If the DER is 5:1, this means that 5 grams of material yielded 1 gram of extract. As the DER increases, the potency of a given extract also increases.

  • Standardisation. This is a very important parameter that determines whether an active ingredient has been included in a given product, and also in what quantity. In the case of Indian ginseng, standardisation should refer to the vitanolid content. Do not buy products that contain less than 2.5% of these compounds!

Form of administration

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There are numerous forms of administration of Indian ginseng on the market. Which are the most popular ones?"

Forms of administration of Indian ginsengand:

  • tablets,
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  • capsules,
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  • dried,
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  • drops,
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  • powdered root,
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Choosing a particular form depends entirely on one's preference. Do you have trouble swallowing tablets? Opt for drops or dried!"

How long to take?

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You want results after just a few days of taking Indian ginseng? That's not possible. The pharmacist's master emphasises that depending on what you are supplementing Indian ginseng for, you will wait a shorter or longer time for the effectsand

Some people will take it for sleep disorders, while others will expect increased athletic potential. It all boils down to the fact that we can wait from two weeks, to as long as two months for the effectsand

Who should consider supplementation?

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Most of us experience constant stress and exhaustion. Chronic tension and a lack of calmness can result in serious health problems. If you face such conditions on a daily basis - bet on Indian ginseng, says MScand

Contraindications to the use of Indian ginseng

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Although Indian ginseng is seen as a safe remedy, it not everyone can use it. 

Who should avoid this plantand?

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  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women.

  • Persons suffering from cancer or diabetes.

  • Persons with cancer or diabetes.
  • Patients struggling with blood clotting disorders, lupus, ulcers, thyroid disease, as well as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

  • Patients with blood clotting disorders, lupus, ulcers, thyroid disease, as well as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Indian ginseng - side effects

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Although it is considered safe, Indian ginseng can cause side effectsand. Which ones?

  • Vomiting,

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  • Stomach pains,

  • Vomiting,

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  • insomnia,

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  • nausea,

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  • headaches,

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Want to avoid side effects? Use the correct dosage recommended by the manufacturer and check the interactions of the supplement in question with other agents. These are two simple rules that are able to protect you from most side effects.
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Can Indian ginseng interact with medicines?"

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Indian ginseng may react with certain medications. Therefore, people who are taking any medication or supplement should consult a doctor before taking Indian ginseng. Only a specialist can give you the green light for supplementation. 

Indian ginseng may interact with medicationsand:

  • used in the treatment of thyroid disease,

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  • inhibiting effects on the immune system,

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  • anti-coagulants,

  • anti-coagulants.

  • diabetes,

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  • on hypertension,

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  • antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs,

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It doesn't stop there, Indian ginseng can also interact with supplements that cause drowsiness, such as valerian and St. John's wort. 

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Summary

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Summary

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From this article remember:

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  • Indian ginseng is one of the most popular and best studied adaptogens.
  • Indian ginseng is one of the most popular and best studied adaptogens.
  • Indian ginseng, Korean ginseng and Siberian ginseng are three different plants with distinct effects.
  • Indian ginseng is one of the most widely studied adaptogens.
  • Reducing stress, alleviating sleep problems, and supporting the treatment of mental health conditions are just some of the health-promoting properties of Indian ginseng
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  • Dosing of Indian ginseng depends on the recommendations of the respective manufacturer.
  • When choosing an Indian ginseng supplement, pay attention to the DER and its standardisation.
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  • Indian ginseng should not be taken, especially by pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with diabetes and cancer and some patients.
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  • Stomach pain, drowsiness or nausea are some of the side effects of taking Indian ginseng
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  • Indian ginseng may interact with some medicines and supplements.
  • Indian ginseng may interact with some medicines and supplements.

FAQ

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. Does Indian ginseng have a positive effect on wrinkles?.

Yes, research suggests that Indian ginseng delays the ageing process, including the visibility of wrinkles. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Additionally, Indian ginseng can support the production of collagen, which will improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

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. What does Indian ginseng work for?.

Indian ginseng, or the popular ashwagandha, is a plant with comprehensive health-promoting effects. Indian ginseng reduces stress, lowers cortisol (stress hormone) levels, reduces fatigue, increases performance in athletes, and supports sleep quality, the immune and endocrine systems.

. Is it worth taking Indian ginseng?.

Indian ginseng works best against fatigue, stress and sleep problems. However, if your general wellbeing is not the best and you feel that there is something wrong with your body - don't bail out with Indian ginseng. See a specialist - this is the only way to get professional help and get your life back on track.

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. Does ashwagandha harm the liver?.

Although Indian ginseng is used in Ayuvervedic natural medicine and is considered safe, there is still a lack of research from its long-term use and safety in people with liver disease. A limited animal study showed that long-term supplementation of ashwagandha in high doses may impair liver function, but these effects were not confirmed in human studies.

. Is ashwagandha a steroid?.

No, ashwagandha is not a steroid. Ashwagandha is a plant whose root contains natural active ingredients that are used in Ayurvedic natural medicine as a remedy for various health ailments such as stress, immune problems or inflammatory diseases. Indian ginseng has an adaptogenic effect, meaning that it helps the body to adapt and cope with stress and normalises hormone levels and energy levels.

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. Is it possible to take Indian ginseng continuously?.

No. Although Indian ginseng is not addictive, breaks should be taken during supplementation. It is best to take it for up to three months and then take a break for four weeks. You will see the first effects after a few weeks. Also remember moderation - too high doses of Indian ginseng can result in vomiting, stomach aches and a worsened sense of well-being.

. Is Indian ginseng a psychotropic?.

No, Indian ginseng is not a psychotropic agent. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body cope with stress, as well as regulate hormones and energy levels. Research suggests that ashwagandha may have beneficial effects on mental health, such as by reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, as well as improving memory and concentration.

Remember that each body reacts individually to ashwagandha, which may be associated with different side effects or interactions with other supplements and medications, so consult your doctor before starting ashwagandha supplementation.

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