Herb: Ginseng

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The most impressive health benefits of ginseng include its ability to stimulate the mind, reduce stress, prevent aging, increase sexual potency, help with weight loss efforts, manage diabetes, ease menstrual discomfort, boost hair health, and protect the skin.

What Is Ginseng?

Ginseng is actually a broad term that incorporates nearly a dozen different species of plants belonging to the Panax genus. This highly valued plant, which has large fleshy roots (their main source of nutrients), is typically found in North America and certain cooler areas of Asia. However, due to the global demand for this beneficial plant, it is exported throughout the world. There are different types of genus, as mentioned, some of which have woody roots, while others are fleshy. The root is the most medicinally valuable element of the plant and can be purchased in dried, whole, or sliced form. The leaves of ginseng are used on a far more limited basis, but they do have some uses. Many distributors claim false plants as being a part of the ginseng family, so always be sure to know exactly from which plants your ginseng supplements are derived.

Ginseng root can be consumed orally, or it can be included in supplements, energy drinks, beverages, teas, and other forms. Ginseng tea is also a widely known and used beverage. It is perhaps best known for its adaptogenic qualities, which means that the body is able to adapt to more stressful situations when ginseng is present. It makes the metabolism and immune system more flexible, which is why the root is so widely prized in various cultures.

Health Benefits of Ginseng

  • Supports blood sugar levels
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Improves cognitive ability
  • May support health weight loss
  • May improve sexual performance
  • Eases menstrual discomfort
  • Improves hair health
  • Supports healthy skin
  • May help relieves stress

 

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