Ginseng is a medicinal plant that has been used for many centuries to treat different diseases. This root typically looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs, and the color is a light tan. In the center of the plant grows an umbrella like flower that produces red berries. This plant needs about 6 years of maturation before its medical properties can be achieved.
The substances that give ginseng its great properties are called ginsenosides and polysaccharide glycans. Nowadays, ginseng is one of the most popular herbs in the United States. Many people believe that its properties can help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of cancer, and improve mental performance as well as well-being.
Research suggests that ginseng may help reduce inflammation as well as help control blood sugar levels on people with diabetes. Several studies suggest that ginseng may lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, and this effect was present on blood glucose levels before and after eating. Another research found that people that drank a high sugar drink suffered from a lower increase in blood glucose level, but more studies need to be done.
We can obtain the benefits of ginseng in several forms; the most popular ones are extract, fresh root, dried root, tincture, and fluid extract. The use of ginseng in children has not been evaluated, and it is not recommended that they ingest it. As well ginseng is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women or people with bipolar disorder as some research suggests that ginseng might increase the risk of mania.
Some side effects have been observed in people taken this plant, one of them is hypoglycemia. In order to prevent this it is recommended to take ginseng with food. Another side effect was elevated blood pressure. People with high blood pressure need to be careful when consuming ginseng and it is recommended that they do it in close supervision of a doctor.
Ginseng has properties that have been used for many centuries to treat and cure different diseases. We can take advantage of this wonderful root to live a more balance and healthy life. Before starting any new supplement consult your doctor to make sure it will not interfere with any other medication you are currently taking.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.