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Pre-Workout Panax Ginseng May Enhance Muscle Performance

13 September 2022
Giulio Prisco


Brazilian researchers have studied the effect of Panax Ginseng on muscle force and muscle excitation during an eccentric-based exercise. They also studied the effect on subsequent muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness. Eccentric-based exercise is defined as exercise that includes repeated muscle contractions under load.

More and more athletes use dietary supplements derived from herbs such as Panax Ginseng to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage. It has been reported, for example, that Panax Ginseng supplementation for a week decreases markers of muscle damage after uphill running. Panax Ginseng is considered a legal sport supplement, as it is not listed as a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The study was motivated by the lack of detailed information about the use of Panax Ginseng to attenuate the effects of a resistance exercise with eccentric emphasis. Resistance training with eccentric emphasis is largely used to enhance muscle force and prevent injuries in athletes. An excessive eccentric workload, however, may have a negative consequence on exercise performance.

Based on previous preliminary results, the researchers hypothesized that Panax Ginseng would increase muscle excitation and attenuate perceived effort during the eccentric-based exercise. That, in turn, would mitigate the muscle damage, delayed-onset muscle soreness, and force reduction over the recovery period.

A paper is published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The researchers report the methods and results of a study of the effects of Panax Ginseng supplements on young male athletes. The participants in the study, ten young male runners, sprinters, and jumpers, had been training regularly six times per week and had competed at the national level in the year before the study.

The main finding of this study was that Panax Ginseng attenuated perceived effort and increased muscle excitation during a dynamic exercise with eccentric emphasis. The study did not confirm that Panax Ginseng reduced markers of muscle damage and delayed-onset muscle soreness after the eccentric-based exercise. But the study did confirm that Panax Ginseng accelerated the recovery of muscle force and increased the associated muscle excitation.

The researchers conclude that an 8-day protocol of Panax Ginseng might be used to improve muscle excitation and accelerate recovery of neuromuscular function after an eccentric exercise.

The researchers are persuaded that the results of this study are applicable to young athletes who practice sports with a high eccentric component, and to athletes who compete several times on the same day and/or over consecutive days. Panax Ginseng supplementation at doses of 100 mg per kilogram of body mass, administered in 3 doses a day for 8 days, may accelerate muscle recovery and improve muscle force.

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