OK, I admit it. I follow Lindsay Lohan on Twitter.
But where else can you get such great ideas for new stories?
Like the other day, I see this Tweet:
And I’m thinking, if that’s all it takes to get Lindsay’s mind right, then what could it do for me?
I figured I better check it out.
Mr. Pink Beverages is a Los Angeles-based company that produces Ginseng vitamin drinks, and vitamin iced teas. It seems to be the new fad drink of celebrities such as LiLo, Wayne Gretsky and Kimora Lee Simmons, just to mention a few.
Each Mr. Pink Vitamin Ginseng drinks packs 1000 mg of the “purest available” ginseng – which is about four times the amount of ginseng in a standard ginseng supplement or capsule. They also include “100%” of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12. They come with or without caffeine. These drinks are considered dietary supplements.
A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth that contains a “dietary ingredient”which may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites.
In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was signed into law by President Clinton. Before this time, dietary supplements were subject to the same regulatory requirements as food.
Under DSHEA, a firm is responsible for determining that the dietary supplements it manufactures or distributes are safe and that any representations or claims made about them are substantiated by adequate evidence to show that they are not false or misleading.
The Mr. Pink company claims that ginseng:
Asian ginseng is native to China and Korea and has been used in various systems of medicine for many centuries. Asian ginseng is one of several types of true ginseng (another is American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius). The root of Asian ginseng contains active chemical components called ginsenosides (or panaxosides). These compounds, which resemble steroid hormones, are thought to be responsible for the herb’s claimed medicinal properties. The root is dried and used to make tablets or capsules, extracts, and teas, as well as creams or other preparations for external use.
According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, (which evaluates effectiveness based on scientific research) ginseng is possibly effective for:
On the other hand, ginseng is possibly ineffective for:
The American Cancer Society reports that in laboratory research “using cell cultures and animals, some ginsenosides have been shown to boost the immune system or slow the growth of cancer cells. Some may also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Whether these properties will translate into anticancer activity in humans is still not clear, as few human studies have been done.”
For most other claims about the health benefits of ginseng, not enough scientific evidence is available one way or the other. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) points out that they have recently funded research to look at ginseng’s potential role in treating insulin resistance, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
According to NCCAM:
Have you used ginseng for treating any ailments? Has it worked for you? Share your experiences with us!