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Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets

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ISSN (Print): 1871-5303
ISSN (Online): 2212-3873

Immunopharmacology of the Main Herbal Supplements: A Review

Author(s): Angelo P. Amico, Annamaria Terlizzi, Sabino Damiani, Maurizio Ranieri, Marisa Megna and Pietro Fiore

Volume 13, Issue 4, 2013

Page: [283 - 288] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/1871530314666140123152024

Price: $65

Abstract

It is debated whether the use of herbal supplements in endurance sports, in order to have a better performance, is correct or not, from the perspective of both as safety and as effectiveness. In this review we try to find out if the most common herbal supplements (Echinacea, Rhodiola, Ginseng) are effective in the improvement of performance or in the modulation of the immune system. According to the results of our review, the prevalent effect is adaptogenic rather than ergogenic, with a better tolerance of the exercise induced stress, related to enhancement of the whole immune system and decrease of the oxidative damage.

Keywords: Adaptogenic, echinacea, ginseng, herbal supplements, immune system, performance, rhodiola.

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