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Performance-Enhancing Supplements No one likes a cheater There is no reason that a person should be allowed to take any kind of supplement that increases his or her ability to perform well Its extremely unfair to the athletes who exercise and train to stay competitive It is also unfair to the users of the supplements They are enhancing their abilities but at what cost Sometimes an athlete may not even know the consequences they must face from the intake of these various substances Sometimes theyll simply ignore all the warnings thinking that it will never happen to them Their accomplishments could be tainted by the use of performance-enhancing supplements The use of performance-enhancing substances should be prohibited by sports organizations and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration FDA especially if they could cause damage to others or oneself There is a wide range of performance-enhancing substances Some youve heard of from their notorious backgrounds and some you would have never expected to be very dangerous Ginseng for example is an herb that claims to improve overall energy and vitality particularly during times of fatigue or stress It comes form the root of the plant Panax ginseng which takes about four to six years to plant and harvest Lieberman 3 Ginseng can come in the form of powder liquid tablets and capsules Lieberman 4 The earliest description of Ginseng is found in ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia believed to date from the first century AD The Chinese and Native Americans have used it for centuries It was used for its calming effect The Ancient Chinese said it brightened the eyed enlightened the mind and increased wisdom It was used to cure digestive disorders cardiovascular illness nervous system diseases and pulmonary maladies Lieberman 2 They used it also to travel for days without food only having a ginseng root in their mouth to give them energy Lieberman 3 Manufacturers state that Ginseng will energize revitalize and restore healthLieberman
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