For the study, the researchers aimed to determine the effects of GINST15 supplement on hormonal and inflammatory responses to physical stress in humans. They recruited 10 women and nine men to participate in the study. The participants were tasked to complete three two-week treatment cycles with 960 milligrams (mg) of the Korean ginseng supplement, 160 mg of the Korean ginseng supplement, or a placebo, separated by a one-week washout period.
After the treatment, the participants underwent an intense resistance exercise to induce physical stress. The participants also provided blood samples at rest and at various points after the exercise, particularly immediately, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 24 hours after exercise.
Then, the researchers measured the levels of cortisol, superoxide dismutase, total glutathione, nonspecific antioxidant activity, total antioxidant power, and creatine kinase.
The results showed that the supplementation of Korean ginseng reduced cortisol and increased enzymatic and nonspecific antioxidant activity. In addition, the high dose of the Korean ginseng supplement (960 mg) greatly reduced muscle damage and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) responses to physical stress 24 hours after the intense exercise.
Based on the findings of the study, the researchers concluded that taking Korean ginseng supplements can help ward off mental and physical stress by reducing cortisol levels and muscle damage.
There are many types of ginseng, but the most common ones are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng).
The type of ginseng used in the study was the Asian ginseng, which is also referred to as Korean ginseng or Chinese ginseng.
Ginseng is a slow-growing, short plant with fleshy roots. This herb can be classified in three ways, depending on how long it is grown. Ginseng is classified as fresh ginseng if it is harvested before four years. Ginseng that is harvested between four to six years is classified as white ginseng, while red ginseng is harvested after six or more years. For centuries, this herb has been used in traditional Asian medicine. The older the root, the better it is for enhancing health. Here are some of the health benefits that Korean ginseng can offer.
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