Ginseng Supplementation Does Not Enhance Healthy Young Adults’ Peak Aerobic Exercise Performance

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Allen, Jason, McLung, Jeff, Nelson, Arnold G and Welsch, Michael (1998) Ginseng Supplementation Does Not Enhance Healthy Young Adults’ Peak Aerobic Exercise Performance. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 17 (5). pp. 462-466. ISSN 0731-5724 (print) 1541-1087 (online)

Abstract

Objective: To determine the short term effects (21 days) of 200 mg (7% standardized) Panax ginseng supplementation vs. placebo on peak aerobic exercise performance in healthy young adults, with unrestricted diets. Methods: Twenty men and eight women (age=23.2±3.2 years, height=175.8±8.6 cm; weight=75.2±15.3 kg) were randomly assigned to either a Panax ginseng or placebo group for a period of 3 weeks in a double blind design. Prior to and following treatment the subjects performed a symptom limited graded exercise test on a Schwinn Airdyne ergometer. The data were analyzed using an analysis of variance. Results: No significant treatment effect was observed for the dependent variables of VO2, exercise time, workload, plasma lactate and hematocrit at peak levels, or for heart rate and rate of perceived exertion at 150 watts, 200 watts and peak. Conclusions: The results of this study do not support an ergogenic effect on peak aerobic exercise performance following a 3-week supplementation period of 200 mg 7% Panax ginseng in healthy young adults with moderate exercise capacities and unrestricted diets.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25773
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/07315724.1998.10718795
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/.VCoS0E...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords ginseng, VO2 max, aerobic, performance, supplement, ergogenic aid
Citations in Scopus 41 - View on Scopus
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