5 Wellness Benefits of Ginseng to Explore

This herb has been used for healing for centuries.


Red ginseng can be made into a medicinal tea.

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Ginseng is an herb that has been used for healing for centuries. This slow-growing plant comes in two colors, white and red depending on how it is grown.  And there are two main varieties, Asian and American, that have different active components. The Asian variety has a revitalizing effect, according to Healthline, while the American variety can help with relaxation and calm.

You can use fresh ginseng or powdered in soups or teas. The herb is also available as a supplement or oil.

While ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, and natural healing, there are medicinal benefits that have been proven by modern science. Here are five health benefits to explore:

Contains Powerful Antioxidants

Ginseng contains the plant compounds, ginsenosides and gintonin, that are powerful antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative damage to your cells that contribute to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. A 2016 meta-analysis of studies concluded that people who take ginseng supplements have a 16 percent lower risk of developing cancer.

The ginsenosides in this healing herb also reduce inflammation, according to Medical News Today. That’s because the antioxidant can target the pathways in your immune system that could reduce inflammation due to injuries.

Helps to Boost Immunity

This healing herb also contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties according to Healthline. This could help boost your immune system, which is very important as the flu and cold season is beginning. Research published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine that was conducted on mice suggested that there is a possible link between ginseng and the prevention of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, but more research is needed.

Ginseng oil and supplements.

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Helps Improves Focus

Ginseng may help you concentrate and could improve brain functions like memory and mood, according to Medical News Today. The healing herb could actually help to improve cognitive function due to aging or dementia. A 2016 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, showed improved frontal brain lobe function after 12 weeks of using red Asian ginseng.

Could Lower Blood Sugar

Healing ginseng can also be beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels in people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes suggested Medical News today. That’s because American and Asian ginseng were shown to improve pancreatic cell function (and insulin production), according to a study that showed a connection between the antioxidants in the herb and lowered oxidative stress.

White ginseng contains healing properties.

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Increases Energy Levels

Asian ginseng has also been shown to help ease fatigue and increase energy levels by increasing energy production in the cells, according to Healthline. It is so effective that it could actually improve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. A review of more than 155 studies also showed that besides reducing fatigue, ginseng could enhance physical performance.