A few years ago, we started looking into Panax ginseng and decided to acquire 3 different types of ginseng extracts. These were a ginseng root extract, a ginseng leaf extract and a fermented panax ginseng extract called GS15-4. Many of us around the office started to form preferences for each of the Panax ginsengs.
For example, if you need a quick pick me up, GS15-4 ginseng is great because it is pre-metabolized and kicks in quickly. Furthermore, you can easily use it sublingually due to its rapid absorption and mild taste. The effects of GS15-4 ginseng are balanced but lean towards the energizing side of the spectrum and provide a subtle mood-brightening effect.
Our ginseng root extract, on the other hand, leans more towards the calming side of the spectrum. The Panax ginseng root extract, provides an uplifting yet calming effect that can melt stress away while providing a stable and happy mood. The Panax ginseng leaf extract, however, is the complete polar opposite of the Panax ginseng root extract and the GS15-4 ginseng extract, and acts more like a stimulant than the other Panax ginseng extracts. The Panax ginseng leaf became a favorite among those looking for some added energy, clarity and motivation. That being said, it sacrificed the stress support and balancing effects of the Panax ginseng root extract and the GS15-4 ginseng extract. Instead of providing a gentle lift, the ginseng leaf extract is a little bit pushier and brings on a more abrupt increase in mood. This is when we decided to investigate exactly what we were extracting with each extract and below are the results from this investigation: