Get a standardized extract and start with a dose of 100 to 200 mg a day for 1 to 2 weeks. Each following week, you can gradually increase by 1 mg as needed. Most people end up taking golden root for 3-4 months and do well with around 400 mg.
The fruit of the prickly pear cactus is rich in magnesium, an energizing essential mineral that promotes healthy heart and kidney function. Prickly pear also contains vitamin C, which boosts immunity and provides antioxidant protection against chronic disease including diabetes. Studies show that prickly pear is effective at helping to increase insulin sensitivity. It also fights fatigue by stabilizing blood sugar in people who experience spikes and crashes as a result of their diet.
You can find prickly pear at your local health food store. It’s easy to make your own prickly pear juice. First, remove the skin carefully so you don’t get pricked. Strain the seeds and pulp through a cheesecloth; you’ll get about a quarter-cup of juice left from each fruit. You can also buy prepackaged prickly pear juice.
This herb has a long history of use by athletes and the military. Most products containing Siberian ginseng vary in concentration and potency, so pay extra attention to the instructions on the label or talk to your doctor to determine your best dosage.