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Ginseng has recently gained popularity for those looking to get an extra edge on the job, or to improve daily focus. It also has rejuvenating qualities that can support an increase in energy.
There are two main varieties of ginseng, American and Asian (Korean) that have slightly different benefits, so talk to you doctor to make sure you’re taking the appropriate one for your needs.
In addition to its well-known energy-boosting potential, here are three other reasons to use ginseng:
1: Stress Relief After incorporating ginseng into their diets, people taking American or Asian ginseng recorded a drop in stress and have also reported an enhanced feeling of well-being. Several studies have also measured ginseng’s effect by a self-reported increase in quality of life and improvement in mental acuity.
2: Immune Health Ginseng offers a natural remedy to help maintain a healthy immune system and keep away the sniffles during cold and flu season. By enhancing resistance to illnesses, the extract from ginseng roots, stems and leaves provide a defense against various infections. A clinical study conducted in 1996 revealed that patients who received ginseng had a lower incidence of influenza and colds, higher antibody titers (levels), and higher natural killer cell (immune) activity levels.
3: Weight Regulation If your blood-sugar levels are too high, your body cannot break down fat. American ginseng has been shown as an effective blood-glucose modulator that can lower blood sugar levels in diabetic and non-diabetic patients.
One important thing to remember, ginseng can thin your blood. If you take any kind of blood-thinning medication please check with your health provider before adding this herb to your diet.
Ginseng’s herbal properties and nutrient-rich composition can make it a great addition to your health routine. It can be taken as a supplement or capsule, but an easier approach is enjoying it as an herbal tea or adding ginseng root or powder to drinks on a daily basis. --
American Ginseng: “The aromatic root of the perennial herb Panax quinquefolius, native to eastern North America. American ginseng, used in Chinese traditional medicine and available as a nutritional supplement, is classified as an adaptogenic herb with multiple effects, many of which are regulatory in nature.” See National Cancer Institute, “Ginseng,” NCI Drug Dictionary, https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-drug/def/american-ginseng, accessed January 2019.
Asian (Korean) Ginseng: “Asian ginseng is native to the Far East, including China and Korea, and has been used for health-related purposes for at least 2,000 years. The terms red ginseng and white ginseng refer to Asian ginseng roots prepared in two different ways.” See National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “American Ginseng,” National Institute of Health, https://nccih.nih.gov/health/asianginseng/ataglance.htm, accessed January 2019.
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CREDITS: Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc. Writer and Host: Nada Milosavljevic MD, JD
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