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
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.
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
the United States.
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