A durable and perennial plant, ginseng grows spontaneously in the Far East and the American continent. The most effective part of ginseng is its roots which can be harvested 3-9 years after planting. In this article, we will include the health benefits of ginseng as well as its side effects and use of ginseng.
Benefits of Ginseng
Helps Reduce Inflammation
The ginsenoside substance in ginseng regulate inflammation, provide antioxidant protection and protect the health of cells.
Increases the Effectiveness of Brain Functions
Studies have shown that ginseng increases the effectiveness of mental functions in both healthy people and Alzheimer’s patients. It also provides spiritual relaxation and calmness.
May Fix Men’s Erection Problem
Ginseng reduces oxidative stress in tissues and increases blood flow in the muscles of the penis. Thus, it can eliminate the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
Reduces Stress and Energizing
Ginseng can help fight fatigue and increase physical activity by reducing oxidative damage and increasing energy production in cells.
Helps Lower Blood Sugar
Especially fermented red ginseng helps increase insulin production and lower blood sugar.
Side Effects of Ginseng
The following side effects have been reported with long-term use of ginseng: Headache and dizziness, sleep and digestive problems, changes in blood pressure and blood sugar levels, irritability, blurred vision, severe skin reaction, edema, diarrhea, bleeding, mouth dryness, decreased heart rhythm, seizures, vaginal bleeding.
Some experts recommend that ginseng should not be used for more than 3 months to prevent its side effects.
Moreover, the simultaneous intake of ginseng with antidepressants that are classified as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can cause manic episodes and tremors. In addition, it can alter the effects of blood pressure, diabetes, and heart medications, and intake of ginseng with blood thinners such as aspirin may increase the risk of bleeding. Ginseng may raise the negative effects of caffeine and other stimulants, leading to rapid heartbeat, sweating or insomnia.
Use of Ginseng
Ginseng extract can be found in powder, tablet, capsule and oil forms. You can also drink its tea. To do this, leave freshly sliced ginseng in hot water for a few minutes. You can also add it to your soups and sautéed recipes. You can consume 1-2 grams of raw ginseng root or 200-400 mg of ginseng extract per day. However, if you have never consumed ginseng before, it’s better to start with lower doses. If you want to increase the absorption of ginseng, consume it before meals.
Note: If you are not sure, we highly advise to consult your doctor before taking such food supplements. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are not recommended consuming.