Ginseng has been used for several thousand years with a positive impact on the health of those who consume it.

We invite you to know some of the main benefits of ginseng so that you start taking it into account.

Different types of Ginseng

There are more than 11 different species of ginseng plants . These plants grown in East Asia, usually in colder climates. There are two main species: American ginseng and ginseng, which is exported from China.

Obviously, the most widely used is the American one, since it has the highest growth within our continent, however, Chinese ginseng is the one that has the most benefits.

Ginseng Uses and Benefits

Most studies looking at the health benefits of ginseng focus on its positive action to improve mental function, athletic performance, and general well-being, but there are some novel studies looking at possible dermatological applications, to treat melasma, and the atopic dermatitis .

Control blood sugar

The properties of ginseng have the admirable quality of lowering blood sugar in type II diabetes . This is an important benefit considering that such a large percentage of individuals in industrialized societies struggle with blood sugar control.

Research showed that ginseng lowers blood glucose, even in non-diabetics. Many animal studies have shown ginseng’s protective effects against insulin resistance, diabetes, and hyperglycemia.

This is a desirable property indeed, considering the detrimental health effects of diabetes and metabolic syndrome .

Learning, cognition and memory

The list of studies that show the benefits of ginseng to the brain are many. This is only a partial list of notable results such as improving brain performance , improving certain psychomotor functions (i.e. better attention, processing, and auditory reaction time), and social, and mental functioning.

In addition, ginseng has improved mood and well-being, memory and precision, working memory and social relationships. One way it does its neural work is by increasing the uptake of choline, the memory neurotransmitter that apple juice also helps increase.

How to use ginseng

Ginseng comes in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, softgels, powders, extracts, infusions, and creams.

When choosing a ginseng supplement, look for one that is made with high-quality ingredients, and has been processed as little as possible. 

The best results are obtained by infusing ginseng and these preparations can be drunk daily.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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