Ginseng is a slow-growing plant mainly used for its benefits. It is short and has fleshy roots. It has green leaves like many other plants and the shape of its leaves is oval and flowers of green and yellow color.
Facts about Ginseng
- It belongs to Ginseng Family.
- It has 11 species, originating from North America and Eastern Asia.
- Acidic soil (slightly) and tall trees are the ideal locations for these plants.
- It is part of several medicines, especially in China.
- It can survive more than 700 days in the wild.
- It is known by different names in different countries and is also used in different types of medicines, for example, Ayurvedic Medicine.
- It should not be taken with heart medication as it may lead to some harmful reactions.
- It is mainly cultivated in Korea, China, Canada, and the USA.
- It has fruits with two seeds, i.e. berries.
- Flowers and leaves start appearing after 4 years of planting.
- It is known by Panax in science.
6 Benefits Of Ginseng
As mentioned above it is mainly used for all the benefits it offers, such as:
Increasing the Energy Level
To people weak in any sort of physical or mental activity, this plant can be the most beneficial as study has shown it can help with fatigue. It can be helpful in bodily weakness and tiredness.
Sharpening the Cognitive Functions
It helps improve the cognitive and thinking functions of an individual. Not only this they can also be helpful in the treatment of a few cognitive deficits, for example, oxidative stress can be cured with this plant along with that, studies have shown that it can also be used for improving frontal brain lobe function.
Beneficial for Inflammation
Key active ingredients present in the plant Ginseng is useful for the treatment or prevention of inflammation.
Treating erectile dysfunction
Mainly red Ginseng is used by men for treating erectile dysfunction. It improves the overall sexual function of men in an experiment conducted in 2012. Still, there is a 100% chance it will treat the condition completely but it surely does help in most cases.
Preventing several Flues
Researchers have found that, several types of flues can also be treated or prevented with the help of the Ginseng plant due to its anti-bacterial properties (mainly the red Ginseng).
Helpful in treating high blood sugar levels
Production of insulin in the pancreas can also be controlled with the consumption of the Ginseng plant. This further help in maintaining the balance in the blood sugar level of an individual.
Side Effects of Ginseng
Everything that has benefits indeed has some disadvantages or side effects. Side Effects of Ginseng are:
- Overconsumption of this plant can cause headaches.
- It can cause problems in sleeping.
- It can lead to slowing down the digestion process.
- Can instantly change the blood sugar and blood pressure level.
- It can be reactive to some individuals, therefore should be consumed cautiously.
- When taken with aspirin or other blood thinners it can increase the risk of bleeding in the body.
Therefore, any medicine or product containing this plant should be consumed after getting a prescription and in case of an allergic reaction, a doctor should be consulted. Otherwise, all it has to offer is benefits, especially to athletes, as it is helpful with muscles pains after heading training and workout.