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Surprising Supplement for Sleeplessness

Ginseng increases energy, vitality and sexual vigor, improves skin and muscle tone, and helps build resistance to stressUsed regularly, ginseng increases energy, vitality and sexual vigor, improves skin and muscle tone, and helps build resistance to stress. And now, results of a small, new study from Korea suggest that it can also improve sleep quality. Researchers at Kwandong University recruited 15 healthy males, ages 15-37, and instructed them to take 1,500 mg of red ginseng by mouth three times a day for seven days to see whether it affected their sleep quality. One day before, and seven days after the participants took the ginseng, the investigators used overnight polysomnography to monitor their sleep. For this test, sensors are attached to the head, chest and legs that can measure brain waves, the oxygen level in blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements. The research team reported that the participants slept longer and more efficiently after they had taken the ginseng, but they noted that larger studies would be needed to confirm these findings. The study was published in the September 16, 2013 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Source:
H. Jeong Han, H. Yun Kim, J Joon Choi et al. “Effects of red ginseng extract on sleeping behaviors in human volunteers.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 16, 2013. pii: S0378-8741(13)00494-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.07.005