|The Bike Doc
Joined: 08 May 2003
Location: Corpus Christi and Warda, Texas
|Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 6:06 am GMT +0000 Post subject:
|"ciwujia" is a fancy name for GINSENG, SIBERIAN
I will quote directly from Natural Medicine Comprehensive Data Base 2004 Edition (This resource has pharmacist, nutritionist and physicians reviewing all current medical, pharmaceutical, nutritional journals on research published regarding natural compounds. They seek to illuminate benificial compounds and debunk the non-benificial compounds. www.naturaldatabase.com )
Athletic performance. Taking Siberian ginseng orally doesn't seem to increase speed, quality, and capacity for physical work. A specific Siberian ginseng root liquid extract standardized to eleutherosides B and E content 3.4 mL daily doesn't seem to have any effect on endurance; performance; or psychological, cardiac, or respiratory parameters in trained distance runners (7522,7593). In trained endurance cyclists, Siberian ginseng 1200 mg per day (Endurox) doesn't seem to have any effect on glycogen, fat utilization, or cycling performance time (2335). It also doesn't seem to improve respiration; reduce lactate production; or hasten heart rate recovery during stair-stepping exercise, treadmill, or cyclic ergometry"
It sounds like a bunch of smoke and mirrors to me.
The important thing about recovery is to eat a good source of complex carbohydrates and protein within thirty minutes of ending your workout or competition. A whole wheat bagel with some peanut butter, cheeze or lean cold cuts would do just fine. Add in a conventional sport drink or good old fashion V-8 or tomatoe juice to get extra sodium and potassium and you should do just fine. Make sure you drink plenty of water as well with this to help replace any lost fluid. One of the keys of recovery is not to get behind on your hydration while working out or competing. A conventional sport drink such as Gatorade can serve you well for this.
Paul K. Nolan, MD
AKA: The Bike Doc