Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. This slowly growing, small plant with fleshy roots can be classified in three ways, depending on how long it is grown: fresh, white or red. Fresh ginseng is harvested at 4 years, while white ginseng is harvested between 4-6 years and red ginseng is harvested after 6 years or more. There are many types of this herb, but the most popular are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng).
Ginseng has been shown to help reduce inflammatory markers and help protect against oxidative stress. It has been shown to benefit mental functions, feelings of calm and mood in both healthy people and those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginseng can also improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction by reducing oxidative stress in tissues and enhancing blood flow to the muscles of the penis. Ginseng can boost the immune system in people with cancer and even enhance the effects of certain vaccinations.
Ginsenosides, the active substance found in ginseng, appear to help against inflammation, provide antioxidant protection and maintain cell health, which could help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Ginseng can help combat fatigue and enhance physical activity by reducing oxidative damage and increasing energy production in cells.
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