IMPROVING PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE BY CHEMICAL STIMULATION

Authors
  1. Wang, L.C.H.
Corporate Authors
Alberta Univ, Edmonton ALTA (CAN) Dept of Zoology;Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Even though pretreatment with crude extract of ginseng root has been shown to enhance the exercise performance in rodents and men, the active components which elicit the beneficial effect are largely unknown. The present contract was carried out not only to verify the effectiveness of ginseng saponin (GS) as an ergogenic agent, but also to elucidate the underlying mechanism(s) through which GS elicits its beneficial effect in exercise performance. Short term (2 to 4 days), but not acute, treatment with GS significantly prolonged the aerobic endurance of the mature young rat (3-6 months) exercising at approximately 70% VO2 max. As a similar enhancement in exercise performance was observed in the old rats (24-26 months) after GS treatment, the ergogenic effect of GS appears to occur in all age groups.
Date of publication
15 May 1992
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
92-03763
CANDIS No
127112
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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