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Facts About Ginseng


Some Interesting Facts about Ginseng

Ginseng is the root of the perennial herbs of Panax quinquefolium and Panax ginseng which contain a series of tetracyclic triterpenoid saponins (ginsenosides) as active ingredients.

Modern therapeutic claims that ginseng support vitality, boost immune function, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, improvement of cognitive performance, age-related memory loss, physical performance and sexual function.

This herb comes in two forms, white and red. The description is used to distinguish the way they are processed.  White ginseng is harvested after four to six years and then dried in the air. Red ginseng is harvested after six years and steamed. Their colours come from their different processing methods.

Ginseng (Panax, American and Siberian) is considered to be an adaptogen, chemical substances that can help the body cope with stress. It is considered a tonic that enhances physical performance (including sexual), promotes vitality and increases resistance to stress and aging.

Ginseng is believed to reduce the recovery time from surgery and various diseases and health conditions.

The main active components are ginsenosides, which have been shown to have a variety of beneficial effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.

Some initial studies suggest that ginseng can lower cholesterol and triglycerides in our body but it does not seem to have any direct benefit on cardiovascular health and heart disease. Studies also suggest that ginseng can lower blood sugar levels and promote insulin release. Some experts believe that it would be useful in treating people with non-insulin dependent diabetes (type 2) as it may reduce the need for prescription medications.

One interesting research study showed that the herb has antiviral activity. It seems to block the enzyme in the HIV needed to covert the virus genetic material (RNA) into a format (DNA) that could invade and infect our cells.

Because of its purported health benefits and apparent low rate of side effects, it remains one of the top selling natural product remedies in the United States.

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Recommended Uses for Ginseng and General Information

This is our main article entitled Ginseng where you can get recommendations on which health conditions this popular herb can treat or cure.

Side Effects, Toxicity. Warnings and Possible Interactions

See the article entitled Side Effects of Ginseng to get detailed information.

Dosage & How to Take It

See the article entitled Ginseng Dosage for a list of recommended doses.

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