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Benefits of Ginseng

Published 6/5/13

What Is Ginseng?

Ginseng is a kind of herb that comes from a slow-growing perennial plant with fleshy roots that is only found in the North Hemisphere, primarily in North America and Eastern Asia in Korea, China, and Siberia. 

Ginseng Nutrition

The nutritional content of ginseng includes nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, and copper. 

Benefits of Ginseng

Throughout history, ginseng has been used for its many health benefits. These health benefits include, but are not limited to, boosting energy levels, increasing sexual desire, fighting infections, aiding the healing process resulting from illness or injury, and curing sexual dysfunction in men. The most important benefit that ginseng has to offer is as a natural stress reliever. High levels of stress is reknown to increase the risks of many major health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and overall body health. Reducing the level of stress also reduces the risks associated with these major health concerns.

Types of Ginseng

There are many types of ginseng that are foudn in the Northern Hemisphere. The names typically refer to the country that that specific kind of ginseng is found in. These most popular types of ginseng include American white ginseng, American wild ginseng, Siberian ginseng, and Koren red ginseng. 

Ginseng Side Effects

For the most part, ginseng is completely healthy and can be consumed without worry. Although not common, the most common minor side effect of ginseng is insomnia. Other minor side effects include nausea, headaches, nose bleeds, and high/low blood pressure. 

How to Consume Ginseng

The most common way to consume ginseng is by stewing it in water to add to tea or soup. It can also be chewed but this is not very common due to its strong taste. 

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