Ginseng has recently gained popularity with those looking to get an extra edge in their careers, or who want to improve their daily focus. It also has rejuvenating qualities that can support an increase in energy.
There are two main varieties of ginseng: American and Asian. They have slightly different benefits, so talk to you doctor to make sure you’re taking the right one for your needs.
In addition to its well-known energy-boosting potential, here are three other reasons to use ginseng.
3 Reasons to Begin Incorporating Ginseng Into Your Diet
It's been reported that those who began to incorporate American or Asian ginseng into their diets recorded a reduction in stress and an enhanced feeling of well-being. Several studies have also credited ginseng with an increase in quality of life and improved mental acuity.
Ginseng offers a natural remedy to help maintain a healthy immune system and keep away the sniffles during cold and flu season. (It's never been more important than right now, for obvious reasons.) By enhancing resistance to illnesses, the extract from ginseng roots, stems, and leaves provides a defense against various infections. In fact, a clinical study revealed that patients who received ginseng had a lower incidence of influenza and colds, higher antibody titers (levels), and higher natural killer cell (immune) activity levels.
If your blood-sugar levels are too high, your body cannot break down fat. American ginseng has been shown to be an effective blood-glucose modulator, lowering blood-sugar levels in diabetic and non-diabetic patients.
It's Important to Note...
Ginseng can thin your blood. If you take any kind of blood-thinning medication, make sure to check with your health provider before adding this herb to your diet.
The Last Word
Ginseng’s herbal properties and nutrient-rich composition make it a great addition to your health routine. It can be taken as a supplement or a capsule. An easier approach, however, is to enjoy it as an herbal tea, or add ginseng root (or powder) to drinks on a daily basis.
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