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Researchers have conducted a rigorous study to evaluate the effects of short-term supplementation with Ginseng on exercise-induced muscle damage, oxidative stress, and inflammation following intense downhill running.
Exercise-induced muscle damage can occur following prolonged and overloaded exercise training. It results in muscle fiber microdamage and increased oxidative stress. It is characterized by a reduction in the functional performance of muscles, disruption of muscle structure, production of reactive oxygen species, and inflammatory reactions.
Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement that has been reported to possess a wide range of pharmacological properties for the improvement of cognitive and other bodily functions. Ginseng contains ginsenoside, which is a critical phytochemical and major bioactive component.
The researchers report on the methods and conclusions of the study in a December 2021 paper published in Nutrients. The paper is open access.
The objectives of this study were to identify the protective effects of Ginseng supplements on muscle damage, by evaluating the changes in creatine kinase activity and delayed onset muscle soreness. Researchers sought to evaluate the anti-oxidative effects of Ginseng supplements on lipid peroxidation. And they tried to determine the changes in pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines after downhill running.
Fourteen male physically active college students in their early twenties were recruited for this study. Exclusion criteria included regular use of dietary supplements or drugs; history of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, or immune system disorders; and habits of smoking or alcohol consumption.
The study participants received 400 mg capsules containing either Ginseng extract or a placebo. And they were instructed to ingest four capsules once a day in the morning during a period of 28 days.
Then the study participants performed downhill running to induce oxidative stress and muscle damage. Blood samples and biochemical measurements provided data for statistical analysis of the biomarkers listed above, which are associated with oxidation, inflammation, and muscle damage.
The results of the study suggest, according to the researchers, that Ginseng supplements reduce oxidative stress and enhance inflammatory adaptation following downhill running in human subjects.
In particular, the findings indicate that short-term Ginseng supplementation seems to alleviate exercise-induced muscle damage caused by downhill running in males. This protective effect of Ginseng on exercise-induced muscle damage is probably contributed, according to the researchers, by the decrease in lipid peroxidation during exercise and the promotion of inflammatory adaptation.
At the same time, the researchers caution that there are limitations to this study, mostly due to the small sample size. And they call for more investigation of the effects of Ginseng on exercise-induced inflammatory response.
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