Health Benefits of Ginseng

Health Benefits of Ginseng

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  1. There are three types of ginseng on the market all of which provide similar health benefits. Japanese or Panax Ginseng is typically the most popular in the US. There is also Siberian and Chinese Ginseng. Their similar traits cause them to all be lumped together and sold often as simply “Ginseng”.

    The root is the part of the ginseng plant that is most valuable. Many ginseng products on the market are produced with young ginseng plants whose roots have not reached full maturity. The result is a weakened product that may not provide the sought after results. It is important when looking for ginseng supplements and products to consider the reputation of the manufacturer.

    Health Benefits of Ginseng

    Increased Energy: Ginseng is a non-caffeine stimulant used in many formulations to counteract fatigue and boost mental alertness. European research has shown ginseng to play a strong role in supporting the adrenal glands and therefore helping people who struggle with issues like chronic fatigue.

    Enhanced Performance: Many athletes use ginseng as part of their training to improve stamina and performance. It has been shown in studies to help the heart and lungs work more efficiently making it beneficial to athletes who place strong demands on their bodies.

    Enhanced Immunity: Ginseng has been shown to stimulate macrophages (the white cells that act as “killer cells” against invaders) and to increase the production of interferon, a virus-fighting compound produced by the body. Ginseng may provide greater resistance to illness and speed recovery.

    Lowers Blood Pressure: Korean researchers have linked ginseng to a reduction in blood pressure, although other studies have shown prolonged use of ginseng may actually raise the blood pressure. If you have a history of high blood pressure and want to use it, be sure to discuss it with your physician.

    Diabetes: In Finnish studies, patients with type 2 diabetes showed improved blood sugar levels as well as enhanced mood and physical performance while taking 200mg of ginseng. Ginseng may be a viable addition to standard treatment to help manage this type of diabetes, however it is important to note that ginseng is not considered an alternative on its own to standard treatment.

    Cancer: Ginseng has also shown some promise in the prevention of certain cancers, especially lung tumors. It has also been shown to aid in improved lung function for those who have emphysema. It increases the oxygen in the blood stream.

    Cirrhosis: Ginseng has also been shown in animal studies to protect the liver from the damaging effects of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins.

    Ginseng is included on the FDA’s list of herbs considered to be generally regarded as safe. Ginseng has a stimulant effect and should not be overused. Large doses of ginseng may induce several unpleasant side effects including nervousness, restlessness, and headache. Keep in mind the use of ginseng may compound the effects of other stimulants like caffeine.



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