Ginseng is a gnarled root (looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs) that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There are also other types of ginseng such as American ginseng and Siberian ginseng, but in this article we will purely be focusing on Asian ginseng. The truth is that ginseng has many health boosting properties, but that will largely depend on the type of supplement you have bought and the strength of it. Sadly, some less reputable brands of ginseng have been found to contain none of the active ingredients that actually boost your health – ginsenosides/panaxosides (more on this in a bit).
Asian ginseng is available in powder form, liquid form, capsules and the intact root itself. It should be taken by mouth to improve concentration, memory, thinking, work efficiency, physical stamina, Alzheimer’s disease, preventing muscle damage from strenuous activities and athletic endurance. Asian ginseng is often referred to as a general well-being medication because it affects many different systems of the body.
Some people use Asian ginseng to treat breast cancer, help prevent ovarian cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and liver cancer, several studies have suggested this to be true.
In one experimental study, researchers followed 4,634 people who took Asian ginseng for 5 years. They found that those who took ginseng lowered there risks of lung, ovarian, pancreatic, liver and stomach cancers. Furthermore, the study also found that taking ginseng only 3 times a year led to a massive reduction in cancer risk.
Fertility And Erectile Dysfunction
Other uses of ginseng include the treatment of fertility problems, sexual dysfunction in men and to increase sexual arousal in women.
Although Asian ginseng is widely believed to boost sexual performance there aren’t many studies to back this up, but there were a couple of animal studies that showed an increase in sexual production, sexual performance, sexual activity and sperm production when ginseng was taken. Another study of 46 men found that ginseng increased there sperm count and sex drive.
Stress And Well-Being
Ginseng is also used for depression, anxiety, general/chronic fatigue, boosting your immune system, multiple sclerosis and to help fight a lung disease called cystic fibrosis.
Although these properties can be difficult to study and measure, there was one study of 501 men and women living in Mexico city that found there quality of life (sleep, personal satisfaction, sex life, energy, personal satisfaction and well-being) improved when taking Asian ginseng.
Type Two Diabetes
From many studies ginseng has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes preventing it from getting to high, which helps keep it at a balanced level.
So like discussed before ginsengs active ingredient is ginsenosides with a combination of vitamins/minerals and if you’re planning to take ginseng then it must be for the long term because it will take at least a month for you to notice any effects. Also make sure that you get the ginseng from a reputable brand as other brands ginseng may contain filler ingredients. Lastly, if you have anymore questions about Asian ginseng then leave a comment about it down below.