Also known as Panax Ginseng (Asiatic ginseng) and Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng), ginseng is a popular herbal used in many supplements and energy drinks. It increases energy levels, eases stress and enhances immune function. It is often used in weight loss supplements for the energy benefits and mood calming effects. It may help increase lean body mass, but only in individuals who also use strength-training in their weekly regime.
Contraindications: Should not be used by people with hypertension (high blood pressure), hypoglycemia, heart disorders, asthma or insomnia or diabetics taking insulin (oral or IM). Pregnant and nursing women should avoid ginseng.