Ginseng, the Master Energizer

One of the most widely prescribed herbs in oriental medicine, ginseng has been used for thousands of years to boost physical and mental energy. Beyond its use as a general revitalizing tonic, ginseng is particularly prized for its ability to enhance concentration and focus, especially in people who are fatigued or under stress. Dharana Focus & Energy Brain Food uses an American ginseng extract that is clinically proven to improve cognitive performance and working memory in healthy individuals.

Cognitive Function

Ginseng’s primary bioactive constituents are called ginsenosides. American ginseng is rich in ginsenoside Rb1 (Rb1), a bioavailable compound shown to improve learning and memory. Rb1 facilitates the release of acetylcholine in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and increases neuron uptake of this critical neurotransmitter, which is involved in cognitive processing, movement and sleep quality. Ginseng’s antioxidant and other neuroprotective mechanisms are also believed to play a role in its ability to improve mental function and energy.

Adaptogenic Effects

As an adaptogen, ginseng is particularly helpful in boosting mood, memory and attention spans in those suffering from exhaustion or stress. It protects the hippocampus, a key area of the brain that is especially vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of chronic stress, from damage and slowed function caused by elevated cortisol and other stress hormones. In general, ginseng enhances the body’s immune response which underlies its traditional use against a wide variety of ills, including cancer.

Note: The ginseng in Dharana Focus & Energy Brain Food is standardized to contain 10% ginsenosides and has been demonstrated to significantly enhance working memory in young as well as middle-aged adults. Dharana combines ginseng with the neural adaptogen rhodiola rosea, which plays a complementary role by supporting non-cholinergic brain pathways relevant to cognitive performance.

American ginseng botanical drawing