March 18 2021
Ginseng is basically the roots of the plants of the genus panax, such as American ginseng, south china ginseng etc. Being one of the most popularly used herbal medications in the world; it is used in Asia and North America for ages.
Mainly, there are two varieties of this plant- panax ginseng (Asian Korean ginseng) and panax quinquefolius (American ginseng). There are different advantages or benefits attributed to each of these varieties. Traditional herbal medicine systems suggest that the American ginseng is less stimulating as compared to the Asian ginseng. Siberian ginseng, eleuthero, etc, are some other varieties of the same. However, these lack the active ingredient ginsenosides. It is also known as Ginnsuu in some regions of Asia, particularly china. Ginseng is grown in Vietnam, which is the southernmost species of the same, and is known as panax vietnamensis.
It is used as a dietary supplement in the form of tea, capsules, powder or dried forms. Ginseng is also added to energy drinks and some foods; however there are no natural sources of this plant. Ginseng roots, in dried forms, can benefit the human body as an aphrodisiac, stimulant, treatment for sexual dysfunction in males and an anti- diabetic agent. All of these benefits are attributed to the compounds ginsenosides and gintonin, which work together to provide all these benefits.
About alvizia’s triple ginseng
Alvizia’s triple ginseng consists of- Korean ginseng, Siberian and American ginseng. It is helpful in reducing inflammation, enhancing brain function, immune function, energy levels and fights against fatigue. It is also used in diseases like hepatitis C, insomnia, bleeding disorders and anemia. It is available in a pack of 100 tablets, and in different packages.
Health benefits of ginseng
- Good for the brain: Memory, mood upliftment and behavior are some areas which are enhanced by the consumption of ginseng. Ginsenosides and compound K, which are the active components of ginseng, can actually help in protecting the brain from free radicals, studies suggest. In one human study, 20 healthy humans were given panax ginseng for around 4 weeks, and, at the end of it, there was a significant improvement in mental health, social behavior and mood of these people. However, these benefits stopped working after 7 to 8 weeks after prolonged use, which suggested that it stops working when used extensively for longer periods of time. There is a positive effect on people with Alzheimer’s, their brain function and behavior was changed after a certain dosage.
- Immunity booster: A study was carried out with 39 people recovering from stomach cancer; they were given 5400 mg of ginseng everyday for two years. At the end of the study, these people surprisingly showed significant improvement in the immune functions of the body. So, ginseng is also known to enhance the immunity when consumed. One more study suggested that people taking ginseng have up to a 35 percent higher chance of living healthy and free of any diseases. Ginseng extract can also enhance the effect of vaccinations against viral diseases like influenza. As we conclude, it can be said that ginseng is effective in protecting the body against infections.
- Energy booster: Some components in ginseng (polysaccharides and oligopeptides) are linked to lower oxidative stress and higher energy levels in cells, which makes ginseng effective in fighting fatigue. A four week study scouted the effects of giving 1-2 grams of panax ginseng to 90 people suffering from chronic fatigue. These people experienced less fatigue, both physical and mental. Reduced oxidative stress was also seen in the same course. Over 150 studies have suggested that ginseng supplements enhance physical activity and attentiveness, and also reduce fatigue. This happens because of the increased energy production in cells by the active components of ginseng.
- Reduction of inflammation: The ginsenoside component of ginseng is known to decrease inflammation and increase the antioxidant capacity of the cells in human body. In people suffering from eczema, reduced inflammation and improved antioxidant effect of skin cells was seen in a study, so, ginseng is effective in skin problems like eczema. One more large study was carried out with 71 women, who had their menopause recently. They were given 3 grams of red ginseng or placebo everyday for 12 weeks. Researchers suggested that red ginseng may help in reduction of oxidative stress by increasing antioxidant activity.
- Good for diabetic people: Ginseng has properties that can maintain a healthy glucose level in the blood, in people with diabetes as well as healthy people. In a study, 6 grams of Korean ginseng was given to 19 people with type-II diabetes. At the end of which, a significant (11%) decrease in the blood sugar levels was seen, with a 38% decrease in fasting insulin and 33% increase in insulin sensitivity. So, these people were able to maintain a healthy level of blood glucose throughout. Fermented red ginseng is even more effective when we talk about blood sugar control, research suggests. It is produced with live bacteria that transform the ginsenosides to a more potent form.
- Helpful in erectile dysfunction: Ginseng can serve as an alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction in men. The components in ginseng offer protection against oxidative stress in tissues and blood vessels of the penis, and hence, restore the basic function. It is also known to increase relaxation and blood flow in the penile muscles, by producing nitric oxide. A study found out that Korean red ginseng can show some effects against erectile dysfunction (60% improvement). In another study, 86 men with erectile dysfunction had improvements after taking 1000 mg of ginseng extract for 8 weeks. So, it is quite effective in erectile dysfunction in men.
Apart from these benefits, there are some safety measures which need to be kept in mind when taking ginseng supplement. However, no serious adverse or side effects are produced by ginseng, usually. But, it is not advised to take ginseng for children and pregnant or lactating women.