The following information should help you decide.

The active ingredient in ENDUROX EXCEL is ciwujia, more specifically: Radix Acanthopanax senticosus or Acanthopanax sessiliflorus. Its pharmacopeial name is Eleutherococci radix. Some will call it Eleutherococcus senticosus. There is some controversy over whether or not both names apply to the same plant or two different plants. Some will incorrectly call it Siberian Ginseng. It is not even in the same genus (Panax) as the "eleven" known ginseng species (according to the USDA there are four species and two subspecies of ginseng). Personally, I would not buy or take any supplements containing ciwujia until more scientific studies have demonstrated its safety and efficacy. Even then, it may be trivial, unnecessary and/or insignificant (there are no shortcuts that lead to any place worth being-No Pain. No Gain.) Check out the links below and decide for yourself. 

I will say this: ENDUROX R4 is assuredly a waste of money. It does not contain enough protein, potassium, or calcium and it has too much cholesterol (people don't need to consume any cholesterol; it definitely should not be in a nutritional supplement) and a dangerous amount of vitamin E. For the price they should have other essential post workout minerals like: zinc, selenium, and chromium. They should also include specifically important post workout BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine).     

Radix Acanthopanax senticosus Fruit 

Radix Acanthopanax senticosus (click to enlarge)

PeakPerformance: Endurox (Most Comprehensive)

Dr. Ray Sahelian: Ciwujia Ciwujia

Kevin Sayers' URR: Endurox 

Wiley InterScience: Acanthopanax Radix

Mr. Wang Tao: Radix Acanthopanacis Senticosi

MD idea: Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleutherococci Radix)  


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