ergo-log.com

Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "

about us

/

contact

/

Ergo-Log

23.06.2020


Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina

Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina
Ginseng contains steroid-like substances such as Rg1 and Rg3, which stimulate muscle growth in test tube and animal studies. According to a study published by researchers at the Korea Food Research Institute in Molecules in the spring of 2020, supplements containing Red Ginseng contain enough Rg1, Rg3 and similar substances to be of interest to athletes.

Study
The researchers mainly experimented with young C2C12 muscle cells, but also did experiments with mice. The animals received 800 milligrams of Red Ginseng extract daily for 4 weeks.


Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina


This amount corresponds to the recommended daily intake of a number of Red Ginseng supplements.

Results
After the supplementation period, the researchers got the mice to run until they literally couldn't anymore. The animals given Red Ginseng performed significantly better than the mice in the other group, see bottom left.

In vitro exposure to the Red Ginseng extract increased the amount of the energy molecule ATP in the muscle cells. You can see this at the bottom right.


Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina


Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina


Above you can see what might cause this increase in molecular energy. Red Ginseng activates the signal molecule PGC-1-alpha, which makes cells produce more mitochondria. This might explain why the amount of mitochondrial DNA in the muscle cells increased.

Finally, in test tubes, Red Ginseng stimulated the formation of muscle fibers from the young muscle cells


Red Ginseng stimulates muscle growth, increases stamina


Conclusion
"Collectively, our findings suggest that red ginseng extract may have utility as a functional food ingredient that promotes exercise endurance", the Koreans conclude.

Source:
Molecules. 2020 Feb 16;25(4):865.

More:
Ginsenoside Rg1, a natural anabolic from the ginseng plant 20.07.2019
Supplementation with three grams of ginseng per day increases the number of mitochondria in your cells 02.05.2019
Ginseng steroid Rg1 rejuvenates athletes' muscles 13.08.2018
The ginseng steroid Rg1 makes humans fitter 11.08.2018

Archives:
Unusual Muscle Building Strategies
Endurance Supplements
Ginseng


Ginsenoside-Rg1 in Panax ginseng protects athletes' muscles How Ginseng boosts athletes' endurance capacity The modified ginseng supplement GINST15, Compound K and muscles

Ginsenoside-Rg1 in Panax ginseng protects athletes' muscles
We're not completely convinced yet, but a substance which in such small quantities has as much effect aginsenoside-Rg1 is of course always interesting.

How Ginseng boosts athletes' endurance capacity
Ginseng boosts fat burning in the first twenty minutes of endurance activities thus saving valuable carbohydrates. Animal data.

The modified ginseng supplement GINST15, Compound K and muscles
The new ginseng preparation GINST15, which contains a modified ginsenoside, reduces feelings of exertion and muscle pain during and after intensive training, and maintains the functional capacity of exhausted muscles.