Posted on 25 August 2020
, also known as Siberian ginseng, is a species of small, woody shrub native to Northeastern Asia. It is thought to be an : a molecule that increases resistance against the physical and chemical effects of stress.
Stress is associated with more rapid age-related decline, including increased inflammation and reduced immune function, which in turn increases the risk of developing age-related chronic diseases. Furthermore, our ability to resist the physiological effects of stress declines as we age.
such as E. senticosus may be protective against the effects of stress, thereby slowing , boosting the immune system and protecting against damage. E. senticosus may also relieve stress-induced fatigue and improve exercise performance.
Most of the evidence concerning E. senticosus is preliminary, with more research needed to draw firm conclusions about its benefits. Two studies point to an increase in the population of immune cells (specifically and ) with supplementation, but it is unknown whether this translates to protection against infectious diseases.
One randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled trial found an improvement in cognitive function among elderly hypertensives who took E. senticosus. However, this benefit faded with continued use.
Eleutherococcus senticosus: https://examine.com/supplements/eleutherococcus-senticosus/
Effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus extract on human physical working capacity: doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.15.1.75.
The effect of eight weeks of supplementation with Eleutherococcus senticosus on endurance capacity and metabolism in human: doi: 10.4077/cjp.2010.amk018.
Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim.) on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial: DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2004.04.012
Flow-cytometric studies with eleutherococcus senticosus extract as an immunomodulatory agent: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2963645/
The influence of active components of Eleutherococcus senticosus on cellular defence and physical fitness in man: DOI: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1573(200002)14:1<30::aid-ptr543>3.3.co;2-m
The effects of A. senticosus supplementation on serum lipid profiles, biomarkers of oxidative stress, and lymphocyte DNA damage in postmenopausal women: DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.07.097