Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestre’s, Fruit): Tribulus Terrestre’s is a fruit-producing Mediterranean plant that’s covered with spines. It is also called puncture vine. People use the fruit, leaf, or root of the Tribulus plant as medicine. Some formulations also include other ingredients.
Why do people take Tribulus?
Over the years, people have taken Tribulus in an attempt to enhance athletic performance, body building, and for a wide range of health issues that may include heart and circulatory conditions and sexual issues. Studies show it might be helpful in lessening symptoms of angina and in enhancing athletic performance. There have also been some studies that show some benefit to people with certain sexual problems and to those suffering from infertility. With a lack of research to draw on, it’s not clear what a safe dosage is. Also, quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it difficult to set a standard dose. Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) is a plant that produces fruit covered with spines. It is traditionally known as an aphrodisiac in various cultures. Tribulus has chemicals that might increase levels of some hormones. But it doesn’t appear to increase male hormones (testosterone) in humans.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii, Root):
Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root native to the Andean region, cultivated for at least 2000 years. Maca is rich in fiber, a large number of essential amino acids, fatty acids, and other nutrients, including vitamin C, copper, iron, and calcium. Besides these essential nutrients, this root contains bioactive compounds responsible for benefits to the human body, which has caused a considerable increase in its consumption in the last 20 years worldwide. This review documents the Peruvian maca composition and the recent findings regarding the medicinal effects of this root in sexual dysfunction regulation, neuroprotective effects, action in memory enhancement, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory activities, and skin protection. Lepidium meyenii Walpers (maca) is a Peruvian plant growing over 4000 m with high potential for bioprospecting. Maca has been used for centuries in the Andes for nutrition and to enhance fertility in humans and animals. The demand for food particularly with benefits for health is high, but it will increase over the future years. Then, the search of plants with these potentials is of interest. This plant belongs to the brassica (mustard) family and Lepidium genus. The most relevant plants related to Lepidium meyenii are rapeseed, mustard, turnip, black mustard, cabbage, garden cress, and water cress. Lepidium constitutes one of the largest genera in the Brassicaceae family. The species from North America and Europe has been extensively studied, and the Lepidium meyenii from the Andean region has recently been studied profusely because of the great health benefits.
Panax ginseng (Root):
Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng, is an herb that has been used for various health purposes. It should not be confused with other forms of ginseng. Panax ginseng is a plant that grows in Korea, China, and Siberia. It’s considered an adaptogen, which are natural substances that are believed to stimulate the body’s resistance to stressors. Panax ginseng contains many active chemicals. The most important are called ginsenosides or panaxosides. Panax ginseng is taken by mouth for memory and thinking skills, Alzheimer disease, depression, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses. Don’t confuse Panax ginseng with other plants sometimes referred to as ginseng like American ginseng, Blue Cohosh, Canaigre, Codonopsis, Eleuthero, or Panax Notoginseng. These are different plants with different effects.
Possibly Effective for
- Memory and thinking skills (cognitive function). Taking Panax ginseng by mouth might improve thinking, arithmetic skills, and reaction times in healthy, middle-aged people but not in young adults. Taking panax ginseng alone doesn’t seem to help memory, but taking it with ginkgo leaf extract seems to improve memory in healthy people between the ages of 38 and 66.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED). Taking Panax ginseng by mouth seems to improve sexual function in adults with ED.
- Flu (influenza). Taking a specific Panax ginseng extract by mouth appears to reduce the risk of getting a cold or the flu. But it doesn’t seem to reduce flu symptoms or the length of the illness.
- Fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Taking Panax ginseng by mouth daily for 3 months reduces feelings of tiredness and improves quality of life in females with MS.
- Increasing response to sexual stimuli in healthy people. Taking Panax ginseng alone or with other ingredients by mouth seems to improve sexual arousal and satisfaction in postmenopausal adults. It also seems to improve sexual desire in females who report sexual problems.
How to use Panax Ginseng
Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. Dosage is based on the condition the product is used for and the type of ginseng. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Since ginseng may cause trouble sleeping, do not take it near bedtime. Ginseng should not be used for long periods. Asian ginseng should not be used for more than 3 months at a time, and Siberian ginseng should not be used for more than 2 months at a time. American ginseng has been used for up to 1 month, although certain extract products have been used for up to 4 months. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about your product and how to use it safely. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention. Panax ginseng is one of the several types of ginseng commonly used in herbal medicine. The ginseng plant grows in the mountains of East Asia, where its roots are harvested into the ginseng that is consumed—often in teas and supplements. According to traditional Chinese medicine, each type of ginseng is thought to have unique healing properties. For example, some types of Panax ginseng are said to have “warming” properties thought to aid blood flow. This article takes a closer look at what Panax ginseng is and the health benefits it may offer. It also discusses how you can take Panax ginseng, possible side effects, and what to look for when buying it.
What Is Ginseng?
Ginseng is a root commonly used as a supplement in herbal medicine. It is thought to increase energy, boost the immune system, and help manage certain health conditions.
What Is Panax Ginseng Used For?
The active compounds in Panax ginseng, known as ginsenosides, are thought to have a steroid-like effect that reduces inflammation in the body.1 Going back to ancient times, Panax ginseng was used to increase energy and stamina and to give the immune system a boost. Today, although research on Panax ginseng is fairly limited, there’s some evidence that the herb may offer certain health benefits. Here’s a look at several key research findings:
Panax ginseng may aid in diabetes management. For a 2014 research review, scientists analyzed 16 studies that focused on how ginseng effects blood glucose levels in people with and without diabetes. Most of the studies took place for less than 12 weeks and included people with relatively good control over their blood sugar. The authors concluded that even though ginseng significantly improved fasting blood sugar levels for those with and without diabetes, more research is needed.