Next time you are feeling exhausted and in need of a pick-me-up, reach for this energy-booster . . .
Too many of us drag through our days exhausted, worn out from the demands of work, family, home and other pressures.
The best energy-producing supplement is Ginseng, an adaptogen, a class of natural substances with a unique ability to restore equilibrium throughout the body. It takes a while for the full effects to kick in . . . But once they do, the benefits can be substantial. For over 2000 years, Ginseng has been used as a natural nutritional remedy to bolster vitality!
The problem of energy depletion is that too much stress blocks up our energy-producing machinery. Here's how this process occurs: Cellular energy is generated in the mitochondria, tiny structures within each cell that turn nutrients into energy, which is stored in the form of the molecules adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and creatine phosphate (CP). But when we are under stress, our bodies release a surge of hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. The stress response can damage the mitochondria and hampers cell's ability to produce the ATP and CP they need setting off a vicious cycle in which underrfed cells become even more vulnerable to stress.
The adaptogenic nutritionals help by improving cell's production of ATP and CP. They also improve the function of other systems that affect energy, enhancing the body's own ability to deliver oxygen to cells and reducing oxidative damage that can harm the mitochondria.
Ginseng (panax) has been most thoroughly researched of the adaptogenic nutritionals. Ginsenosides, a class of molecules it contains, are thought to keep cortisol and other stress hormones from surging out of control, thereby preventing chronic stress from draining energy. Ginseng also relaxes blood vessels, which should maximize oxygen delivery to cells throughout the body.
Recommended dosages about 100 to 700 milligrams a day, taken in divided doses twice a day (just don't take it at night, as it may interfere with sleep). You are more likely to get results at the higher doses. Ginseng acts slowly; expect to wait a few weeks to feel the full effects.