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Health Benefits Of Ginseng


Top 10 Health Benefits*(Traditional Uses of Korean Red Ginseng)

Ginseng’s botanical name is Panax, which means ‘cure-all’ in Greek. Traditionally, ginseng was used as a tonic for sexual vigor and potency in Asia. Besides that, there are many health benefits that contribute to ginseng’s value and expense. Here are the top ten.

  1. Reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Boost energy to alleviate fatigue.
  3. Regulate blood sugar.
  4. Enhance love life, well known as a natural aphrodisiac.
  5. Help with weight loss.
  6. Promote heart health by increasing blood circulation.
  7. Improve skin condition (anti-aging functions).
  8. Enhance memory function and brain health.
  9. Improve the immune system to combat the common cold
  10. Reduce symptoms of menopause.

Here is each health benefit* of major ginsenosides:  

Ginsenosides were originally called saponin, which is found in many plants, but ginseng’s saponin has a different pharmaceutical value. So scientists named it ginsenoside, which is a compound word of “ginseng” and “glycoside.” There are many different kind of ginsenosides, such as Rg1, Rg3, Rb1, etc.

  • Rg1: Supports cognition, anti-fatigue, anti-stress, immune system, inhibits platelet aggregation.
  • Rg3: Supporting memory functions, immune system, liver protection.
  • Rb1: Central nerve control, liver protection, anti-oxidant.
  • Rc: Sedative, protein and lipid synthesis facilitation.
  • Re: Blood regulation, antioxidant.
  • Rf: Neuron protection.
  • Ro: Alcohol detoxification, immune system, anti-inflammation.
  • Rh1: Liver protection, immune system.
  • Rh2: Supports immune system.

Here is each health benefit* of other agents in ginseng:

  • Insulin Analogue : Lowering blood-sugar levels.
  • Polyacetylene: Immune system, preventing thrombosis, inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
  • Phenolic Compounds: Antioxidant, anti-aging.
  • Acidic Polysaccharide: Anti-aging, reducing the side effects of certain anti-cancer drugs, immune -system, preventing hyperlipidemia.

Major Ginseng Studies

Korean red ginseng is classified as a dietary supplement, not a drug (and has no doping effects). However, it has consistently held the #1 spot for most recommended traditional herbal medicine.

As a matter of fact, Korean red ginseng has been studied by scientists from many countries, and they have found new active components while they were researching the root’s many health effects.

Efficacy Topic of Health/Bodily Function* Researchers Country
Anti-Diabetic Indications of lowering blood sugar levels and assisting the control of excessive blood sugar in Type 2 diabetic subjects. V. Vuksan
E. Sotaniemi
Menopause Mitigation Functions Positive clinical indications related to post-menopausal
stabilizing functions.
S. Ogit Japan
Blood Pressure Control Positive indications in helping to control and possibly
lower high blood pressure.
N. Saito
H.K. Hoon
Strengthen Stomach Functions Improved immunity indications in post-operation stomach cancer patients. Positive indications in the support of gastric ulcer prevention. K.J. Bok
H. Matsuda
Liver Protection Function Improved function indications in patients of chronic liver diseases. Possible aiding in the prevention of damage to live associated with heavy alcohol consumption. M. Yamamoto
J.C. No
Stress Relief & Vital Energy Functions Indication of anti-fatigue effects associated with daily stress and toxic stress. E. Bombardelli
D.J. Lee
Improved Stamina Positive indications in clinical treatment for sterility, including improvement of sexual functions in recovery from impotency. J. Ishigami
H.K. Choi
Strengthening of Brain’s Functions Positive indications related to learning and memory, including improvement related loss due to normal aging. V.D. Petkov
H. Nitta
Age Delaying Effect Discovery of “maltol” component of red ginseng associated
with anti-aging properties.
H.B. Hoon
S.J. Fulder
Radiation Mitigation Function Positive indications of improved recovery with regard
to radiation exposure.
M. Yonezawa
C.Y. Suk
Treating Anaemia Indications of improved condition with regard to recovering from anaemia, especially related to red blood cell and thrombocyte counts. I. Murata
M. Yonezawa
Viral Suppression Strengthening of immunity functions in patients suffering from viruses, specifically with regard to improved control of the rate of multiplication. Study includes research on AIDs patients. C.Y. Gul
M. Haneda
S. Ikematsu
Osteoporosis Mitigation Functions Positive clinical research indications related to improved structure/functions related to Osteoporosis. N.H. Kim Korea
Anti-Carcinogenic Positive indications in helping to limit or slow the spread of cancer cells growth. T.K. Yoon
N. Saito

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