What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

The popular culinary root of plants in the genus Panax – Ginseng. But what are the health benefits of ginseng and why have so many cultures sworn by it’s ‘hidden qualities’ over the centuries?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Health Benefits of Ginseng


Many cultures throughout history regard ginseng as the miracle ‘man-root’ – shaped like a humanoid body with numerous benefits to general health. Ginseng has also been present in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.

It’s an incredibly slow growing plant that has really ‘fleshy’ roots that are currently classified three ways:

  1. Fresh (harvested before 4 years)
  2. White (harvested between 4–6 years)
  3. Red (harvested after 6 or more years)

Below are a selection of what have been referred to as ‘evidence-based’ health benefits of ginseng…

 


Potent Antioxidant


The antioxidant qualities in ginseng are know to act as a great ‘natural’ anti-inflammatory product. The ginsenoside compounds found within the root have been tested, and results show that they can inhibit inflammation and boost antioxidant capacity in cells.

 


Benefits For The Brain


Medical studies involving ginseng have also uncovered it’s ability to benefit certain mental functions. In some cases it has even been reported that test groups have felt feelings of calmness and good mood swings.

These ‘good feelings’ have even been felt by sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 


Immune System Boost


Recent evidence suggests that ginseng could well strengthen the immune system in people with cancer (from a study that followed 39 people who were recovering from surgery for stomach cancer).

It is also known to enhance the effects of certain vaccinations.

 


Slowing The Ageing Process


Many health experts firmly believe that Korean Red Ginseng has the ability to slow down the ageing process.

How does it manage to do this?

Well, Korean Red Ginseng comprises anti-ageing substances like antioxidants and insulin-like substances – these are not usually found in other forms of the root.

This particular breed of Ginseng also helps supply blood flow to the internal organs (a process that normally slows down in older age!).

 


A Natural Energy Booster


Ginseng is a herb that has been employed to enhance stamina and strength for hundreds of years – it’s a pretty awesome natural energy booster!

It is used by athletes that frequently aim to naturally boost their physical performance AND it is known to work wonders with individuals who are coping with any disease-based fatigue.

Users of the herb claim that it is as effective as the effects of coffee, but it never gives you that ‘crashing’ feeling (making you jittery).

 


Addiction Aid


Many people who have been left ‘kicking the habit’, claim that ginseng helped them finally rid the addiction from their life. Most addicts go through hopeless amounts of depression and anxiety when they are facing withdrawal symptoms – Panax Ginseng is known to be helpful for lowering these feelings.

Note: A few of my friends also swear by ginseng as a great hangover cure…but I can’t stand 100% behind this…yet!

 


 What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?


What are your opinions on this wonder-root?

Do you know of any benefits that we have not covered in the article above?

If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

  1. I’ve taken Ginseng before, but I’ve not heard of Korean Red Ginseng. 

    Do you have a link to where we can buy some??

    I also had no idea that this plant takes so many YEARS to grow!! Wow. That’s impressive.

    I’m in Detroit, just over the water from Ontario. From your pictures, it looks like I should find some Canadian Ginseng! Unless you’ve got a link for that?

    1. Hi mate, 

      I can’t put any links up here – because I don’t like using the website for an affiliate advertising route, but I always recommend Amazon (they have just about everything there!). 

  2. Hi Chris,

    Great article! I had no idea that First Nations also viewed ginseng as a miracle root. 

    I love the video you shared too. Very informative! And I do prefer to watch videos than read articles. 🙂 That’s just my preferred style. 🙂 

    What are the differences and similarities between ginseng and ginger? And turmeric? I can find fresh ginger and turmeric roots in organic stores but not fresh ginseng root. I wonder why that is… 

    Thanks!!

    Nathalie 

    1. Where are you based in the world Nathalie? 

      This can affect whether or not fresh ginseng will be available to you (in some cases!). 

  3. Wao! I’m really impressed concerning the time you have to wait to harvest Ginseng. No wonder the saying goes: Good things take time!

    I have been researching about the benefits Ginseng brings upon our health and I love the way you have summarized them in this post. I’m impressed with the wide range of benefits!

    I have been asking myself, and I’ll also ask you because you have mentioned them in your article: Which are the principle differences concerning benefits between fresh, white and red Ginseng? Thank you very much.

    1. No idea Henry LOL – I really didn’t get that far into the article mate! 

      I’m thinking, but only thinking, that it has something to do with the length of time they have been growing?

      Not 100% sure though! 🙂

  4. Thanks for this post about Canadian Ginseng, it’s very timely for me.  Anti-aging, benefits for the brain, antioxidant, and energy booster are all features that would be helpful to me.  I recall using Ginseng many years ago when we lived in Pennsylvania.  We purchased it at a little indoor farmers market in little vials. 

    Is this the same ginseng product?  Is the one you feature a liquid form or powder form and where can we find it?

    Thanks and all the best to you.

    V. Pearl

    1. Hi Vanna,

      As far as I’m aware, you can get it in liquid form, root form or even powder – try out Amazon and see what’s on offer there and what formats are available! 

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