Ginseng is a legendary oriental root crop reverred, particularly in Korea, for its stimulative, including aphrodisian properties. There are numerous ginseng varieties which are normally classified according to their coloration. The, yet to be scientifically confirmed, health benefits include: promoting a healthy heart by reducing oxidation of ldl cholesterol and reducing both blood pressure and blood sugar levels, plus it acts like a bronchodilator. In addition ginseng has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Ginseng gives that extra boost, promoting endurance when faced with a stressful physical challenge.
• Check availability of Ginseng products at either your local health store or a Chinese pharmacy or even via the convenience of on-line marketing.
• Ginseng may be used as a general stimulant to help you through those energy demanding strenuous events.
• If upon evaluation of ginseng and its many claimed health properties, since it is a stimulant, you should prior to regular usage consult your medical examiner to ascertain how a stimulant would interact with your existing health conditions.
Ginseng is the native plant in the East Asian countries like China and Korea, the fleshy roots of which has medicinal properties and are used to treat various common illnesses. The ginseng discussed here is the Asian ginseng, which is slightly different from American ginseng according to traditional Chinese. The roots of ginseng have active compounds called ginsenosides which function as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs and stimulants that are responsible for its medicinal properties. The fresh or dried roots are used to make a decoction (the extraction of the vegetable essence or active ingredients usually by prolonged boiling) and consumed as an energy drink or the dried roots are powdered and made into tablets, capsules, teas or other preparations.
There are different forms of ginseng:
• Fresh ginseng – This is the fresh root of ginseng.
• White ginseng – This is the fresh root of ginseng that has been peeled and dries,
• Red ginseng – The unpeeled roots of ginseng are steamed before drying. The peel gives it a reddish brown colour.
• Sun ginseng – White ginseng is steamed at higher temperatures than those used to produce red ginseng. This is believed to have more medicinal properties than other varieties.