American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) – a plant species of the ivy family, native to North America. The main biologically active compounds found in this raw material are ginsenosides and quinquenosides, which are triterpenoid saponins. The content and kind of ginsenosides is similar to Panax ginseng. The root of the ginseng is mainly used in medicine.
American ginseng shows adaptogenic properties and that is why it is used to reduce mental tension and different kinds of stress. It influences positively immune function and has an antioxidant effect, thereby helping fight inflammation.
American ginseng supports cognitive functions, memory and focus. Owing to its stimulant properties, it reduces a feeling of fatigue and helps maintain vitaloty, physical fitness and sexual performance. The combination of American ginseng with another adaptogen, e.g. ashwagandha, will enhance its adaptogenic and rejuvenating properties.
Supplements with American ginseng are recommended especially to individuals who lead a stressful lifestyle, do strenuous physical or mental work and during drops in energy levels, fatigue and impotence, and the elderly to promote cognitive functions.