Ginseng

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Ginseng

Ginseng is used throughout the Far East as a general tonic to fight weakness and give extra energy.

There are several different varieties of ginseng:

>Siberian ginseng

>American ginseng

>Chinese or Korean ginseng

>Japanese ginseng

Chinese or Korean ginseng is the most widely used.

Early Native Americans were familiar with ginseng.

They called it gisens and used it for stomach and bronchial disorders, asthma, and neck pain.

Russian scientists claim the ginseng root stimulates both physical and mental activity, improves endocrine gland function, and has a positive effect on the sex glands.

It’s been shown to help men regain sexual function.

Ginseng is beneficial for fatigue because it spares glycogen (the form of glucose stored in your liver and muscle cells) by increasing the use of fatty acids as an energy source.

It’s used to improve athletic performance, rejuvenate, increase longevity, and detoxify and normalize your entire system.

Many studies have shown ginseng to be good at improving energy levels, endurance, and alertness.

Cancer patients who used ginseng reported a better quality of life, especially related to mood and socialization.

In lower doses, ginseng seems to raise blood pressure, while higher amounts appear to reduce blood pressure.

Research suggests high doses of ginseng may be helpful for inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, without the side effects of steroids, and may also protect against the harmful effects of radiation.

Ginseng benefits people with diabetes because it decreases the level of cortisol in the blood (cortisol interferes with the function of insulin).

People who were tested with one of the several specially prepared ginseng formulas experienced less blood sugar response after a meal, but the level wasn’t low enough to be harmful.

Other parts of the ginseng plant used in this study had no effect on blood sugar levels.

A part of the ginseng rootlet seemed to be the most important regulator of blood sugar response to foods.

Nevertheless, people with hypoglycemia should avoid using large amounts of ginseng.

The root is sold in many forms:  as a whole root or root pieces, which are either untreated or blanched; as a powder or powdered extract; as a liquid extract or concentrate; in granules for instant tea; as a tincture; in an oil base; and in tablets and capsules.

These products shouldn’t contain sugar or added color, and should be pure ginseng.

Many supplement manufacturers add ginseng to combination products, but these often contain such low amounts they may not be effective.

We advise following the Russian approach to using ginseng:  Take it for 15-20 days, followed by a rest period of 2 weeks.

Avoid long-term usage of high doses.

Ginseng shouldn’t be used by people with high blood pressure, or during pregnancy or lactation.

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