What is Ginseng
Ginseng is an herb also known as Anchi Ginseng, Baie Rouge, Canadian Ginseng, Ginseng à Cinq Folioles, Ginseng Américain, Ginseng Americano, Ginseng Root,
Ginseng plants make up the genus Panax (plant family) and are characterized by the presence of two major compounds: ginsenosides and gintonin. These compounds work together to produce ginseng’s effects on the body.
Ginseng has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, it has been used in tonics as a health-promoting ingredient.
The herb may offer the following health benefits:
- Improved Brain Function
- Ginseng may help improve brain functions such as memory and mood in people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia — and in people without any forms of dementia. However, more high-quality research is needed across the board to validate these claims.
- Potent Source ofAntioxidants
Ginseng serves as a source of antioxidants, although different types and methods of preparation can affect the levels. Antioxidants help the body fight against free radicals, which can damage the growth and development of cells in the body.
- Cancer Prevention and Treatment Recovery
- Ginseng has anticarcinogenic (inhibits the development of cancer) properties. People who take it may be at lower risk for cancers in the stomach, ovaries, lungs, liver, colon, pancreas, and mouth.
- Reduction of Chronic Fatigue
- Studies suggest that ginseng, which is used in Asia to help develop strength, also helps reduce fatigue. Certain carbohydrates found in Asian ginseng may particularly help people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Ginsenosides help inhibit the inflammatory process. Their effects may help people with inflammatory diseases.
- Improved Erectile Function
- Studies suggest that Asian ginseng may be an effective alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). However, as with ginseng’s other potential benefits, more high-quality studies are needed.
- Improved Blood Sugar
- Ginseng is often used as an alternative therapy to help people with diabetes. Studies suggest that ginseng may help improve fasting blood glucose levels in people with and without diabetes.
Common side effects may include:
- rapid heartbeat;
- increased or decreased blood pressure;
- breast tenderness and vaginal bleeding.