Korean Red Ginseng Extract… the King of Herbs

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. Ginseng has traditionally been used for a number of medical conditions. However, only a fraction of them have been seriously researched.

Prized since antiquity by both Asians and Native Americans, Chinese emperors were willing to pay for ginseng with its weight in gold. Demand for the root afforded Korea a thriving export business that dates back to the third century A.D. In the sixteenth century, Korea cultivated the world’s first farmed ginseng root.

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There are two main types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Studies have found that the different types have different benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng is considered less stimulating than the Asian variety. Although many other herbs are called ginseng — like eleuthero, or Siberian ginseng — they do not contain the active ingredient of ginsenosides. However, Korean Red Ginseng it said to be the best ginseng in the world.

The active compounds found in the root are called ginsenosides, a class of steroid glycosides, and triterpene saponins found exclusively in the plant. Ginseng is considered an adaptogen, a metabolic regulator that increases the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors, and to avoid damage. Research indicates that it may also reduce cholesterol and help prevent cancer, as well as ease hot flashes in menopausal women and normalize menstruation in others.

Ginseng is considered a tonic or adaptogenic herb that has been used to treat an astonishing variety of ailments, from Alzheimer’s disease to diabetes to gout, but it is best known as a stimulant, tonic, and aphrodisiac. It is said to improve memory, increase energy, fight fatigue, restore and promote vitality, prevent illness and headaches, strengthen the body and ward off infection. Ginseng is also used for upset stomach, diarrhea, coughs, excessive perspiration, impotence, and frequent urination. Because it calms the spirit and builds up energy; it increases resistance to stress and aging.

Some studies have found that ginseng may boost the immune system. There is some evidence that certain ginseng extracts might decrease the number and severity of colds in adults. Several studies in people have also shown that ginseng may lower blood sugar levels.

There is some early evidence that ginseng might temporarily — and modestly — improve concentration and learning. In some studies of mental performance. Ginseng has been combined with Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, and Honey for 1000’s of years.

Ginseng has also been studied as a way to improve mood and boost endurance as well as treat cancer, heart disease, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, and other conditions.

As with any powerful medicinal herb, precautions should be observed. It is best to avoid during pregnancy and lactation. Check with your cardiologist or herbalist before taking and do not give to small children. Ginseng may lower blood sugar levels and interact with anti-diabetic medications. Avoid combining with blood thinners, such as warfarin, and with other CNS stimulants.

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