A WebMD article discusses the health benefits and popularity of ginseng. The article’s first points of interest are that ginseng not only has been used for centuries in both Asia and North America, but it is also incredibly popular all over the world.
The two main types of ginseng, Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), actually have different benefits, but traditional Chinese medicine claims that American ginseng is less potent than Asian ginseng.
Ginseng has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, but the benefits haven’t been researched much. However, the Korean Food and Drug Administration endorsed the 5 health benefits of Korean red ginseng, such as strengthen the immune system, boost energy to alleviate fatigue, promote the blood circulation, enhance memory function, and rich in antioxidants.
Ginseng may actually strengthen the immune system, while a specific extract of American ginseng may help prevent and lessen the strength of colds in adults.
In addition, some studies have shown that ginseng can partially improve blood-sugar levels, concentration, learning, mood, blood pressure, and endurance. It is possible that it can even help to treat such health problems as cancer, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, symptoms of menopause, and other conditions.
Here is what WebMD suggests about how much ginseng you should take:
Standard doses of ginseng have not been established for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it very hard to establish a standard dose.
Always buy ginseng from a well-respected company. Because it’s an expensive root, there is a risk that disreputable manufacturers might sell adulterated ginseng or include less than advertised on the bottle.
Ginseng is usually consumed in the form of food, extract paste, energy drinks or teas, and of course for herbal medicines. One of the most famous ginseng foods is SamGyeTang, seen in the photo below. It’s an iconic summer dish in Korea.
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