Sun, 21 April 2019
Ginseng has recently gained popularity for those looking to get an extra edge on the job, or to improve daily focus. It also has rejuvenating qualities that can support an increase in energy.
There are two main varieties of ginseng, American and Asian (Korean) that have slightly different benefits, so talk to you doctor to make sure you’re taking the appropriate one for your needs.
In addition to its well-known energy-boosting potential, here are three other reasons to use ginseng:
1: Stress Relief
2: Immune Health
3: Weight Regulation
One important thing to remember, ginseng can thin your blood. If you take any kind of blood-thinning medication please check with your health provider before adding this herb to your diet.
Ginseng’s herbal properties and nutrient-rich composition can make it a great addition to your health routine. It can be taken as a supplement or capsule, but an easier approach is enjoying it as an herbal tea or adding ginseng root or powder to drinks on a daily basis.
American Ginseng: “The aromatic root of the perennial herb Panax quinquefolius, native to eastern North America. American ginseng, used in Chinese traditional medicine and available as a nutritional supplement, is classified as an adaptogenic herb with multiple effects, many of which are regulatory in nature.” See National Cancer Institute, “Ginseng,” NCI Drug Dictionary,
Asian (Korean) Ginseng:
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