Goodness of ginseng

Goodness of ginseng

A popular ingredient of Chinese medicines, ginseng has many benefits

Ginseng is a great energy-booster

For centuries, ginseng has found its use in traditional Chinese medicine. There are many varieties of ginseng, of which American ginseng is known for its relaxing properties, whereas the Asian one is known for its invigorating properties. This slow-growing, short plant has fleshy roots and derives its healing properties from the two active ingredients: ginsenosides and gintonin.

Let’s look at some of the many benefits of this magic root:

Anti-inflammatory: Ginseng is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have indicated a remarkable reduction in its inflammatory markers.

Improves cognitive function: Ginseng has a calming effect and helps improve memory in Alzheimer patients.

Improves sexual function: Ginseng is used in remedies for erectile dysfunction. It helps increase blood supply to penile muscles and reduces oxidative stress in the cells.

Boosts immunity: It helps convalescent patients to recover faster, and keeps infections at bay.

Anti-cancer effects: Ginsenosides have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can aid cancer cure.

Invigorates: People with chronic illness feel energetic after taking this magic herb, as it relaxes the mind and body.

Lowers blood sugar: Fermented ginseng, especially the red variant, increases insulin production and helps regulate sugar levels.

Ginseng can be incorporated in food to enhance its healing power and reap all benefits. You can try ginseng in the following forms:

Tea: Steep ginseng root in water for a few minutes to make delicious tea.

Stir-fry: Add grated or sliced ginseng to stir-fries as a taste enhancer.

Soups: Ginseng root can be used in soups along with other vegetables.

(The author is the head of department, healthcare, RESET: Holistic Living Concepts)

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