Ginseng. Also known as Asian ginseng, is an herb that we use the roots of to promote better overall health. There are a few different types of ginseng: an American and an Asian ginseng. The different types have been used for different purposes; the American one has more relaxing agents and the Asian one is known to be more invigorating.
The Asian ginseng has been studied to see if it benefits cognitive function, immune support, energy, and potential to help with some diseases. “Ginseng is an herb in the Araliaceae family, the roots of which contain steroidal saponins called ginsenosides. These ginsenosides have been termed an adaptogen for their ability to protect against stress and maintain homeostasis.” (NIH)
There is interest with ginseng to see if it can help with brain cognitions, especially Alzheimer's. “Research has shown that consuming ginseng can lead to improved concentration due to an increase in brain cell activity, allowing patients to be more mentally prepared to receive and process information.” (Facty). Surprisingly the study found that a lower dose of ginseng was more effective than the higher dose when studying the effects. We believe that ginseng similar to ginkgo also helps fight free radicals in the brain via the ginsenosides. (Healthline).
Ginseng is known to also have beneficial effects on the immune system. The compound contains lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties! “A larger study followed 71 postmenopausal women who took 3 grams of red ginseng or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Antioxidant activity and oxidative stress markers were then measured. Researchers concluded that red ginseng may help reduce oxidative stress by increasing antioxidant enzyme activities” (9 Healthline).
It is believed that ginseng also helps with energy and mood! Various animal studies have linked some components in ginseng, like polysaccharides and oligopeptides, with lower oxidative stress and higher energy production in cells, which could help fight fatigue (38 , 39, 40). One four-week study explored the effects of giving 1 or 2 grams of Panax ginseng or a placebo to 90 people with chronic fatigue. Those given Panax ginseng experienced less physical and mental fatigue, as well as reductions in oxidative stress, than those taking the placebo (41 Healthline). Furthermore other studies have suggested that ginseng also helps enhance your physical activity.
Ginseng has also potentially been linked to anti-cancerous properties, however more research needs to be done to fully claim these benefits. There is belief that ginseng helps promote proper apoptosis to help cells regulate themselves.
With all herbs and other medications you should always consult a medical professional if you are concerned. “There are uncertainties about whether ginseng might interact with certain medications, such as calcium channel blockers and other high blood pressure medications, as well as statin medications and some antidepressants. Studies on the effect of Asian ginseng on the anticoagulant (blood thinner) warfarin (Coumadin) have had mixed results. If you’re taking medication, consult your health care provider before using Asian ginseng.” (NIH)
With the mixture of ginseng and other natural compounds we wrote about in previous blogs there is great benefit for the brain, immune system and overall health!
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