A miracle herb called ginseng

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A promise of immortality or a divine herb , that's how the plant, known in our country as ginseng, is referred to in Asia. It helps the body fight inflammation, strengthens the immune system, boosts memory and even improves mood.

There are many types of ginseng, the most commonly mentioned are Panax ginseng (Chinese ginseng) and Panax quinquefollus (American ginseng). The most frequently used Czech name is ginseng ginseng .

This exotic herb, mainly due to its power, is also called by other names in the eastern part of the hemisphere, for example "promise of immortality", "root of longevity" or perhaps "divine herb". We could find countless reasons for these designations.

American alternative healers once used the herb to treat headaches, fevers, indigestion and even infertility. Nowadays, we classify ginseng in the group of so-called adaptogens , which help bring the body into balance depending on what the sick person's body needs.

The medicinal part is the root , which is usually collected after the sixth year of the plant's age, after which it is dried and prepared for further consumption, e.g. as an extract for teas, creams, etc.

Why is ginseng such a vaunted herb?

1. Reduces stress and improves mood

Ginseng is literally a life booster. Mood is often associated with the ubiquitous stress around us, which can also be accompanied by chronic fatigue. Although there is much room for further research in this area, a 2010 study brings great news. Thirty volunteers took part in research in the UK that examined and compared the effects of ginseng and a plain placebo. The results showed that 200 mg of ginseng can slow down mood swings, and 400 mg of this substance improves an individual's mental peace.

2. Helps improve brain functions, especially memory

The key substance of ginseng are the so-called ginsenosides, which have significant adaptogenic effects . It is this substance in combination with compound K that can protect the brain from damage caused by free radicals.

Ginseng has a beneficial effect on cognitive functions and generally helps to improve brain function, especially memory. The good news is that no serious side effects have been found with ginseng.

3. Strengthens the immune system

The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of ginseng act as a defense mechanism against various microbial and bacterial infections. Even this plant increases the effect of vaccination against diseases such as influenza or the hepatitis C virus.

Studies investigating the effect of ginseng on the human immune system have mainly focused on cancer patients who have undergone surgery or chemotherapy treatment. In patients who also took ginseng during their treatment, significant improvements in immune function and fewer side effects of treatment were noted.

4. Helps the body fight inflammation

Anti-inflammatory effects are probably the best-known benefit that ginseng offers. Ginseng protects the body from viruses, suppresses allergies and even copes with chronic inflammation. The healing effects are the result of the action of the contained substances, especially ginsenosides .

Today, ginseng is endangered in the wild and is therefore grown on specialized farms. It is recommended to use long-term in small doses, which depends on the current condition of the user. To solve health problems, its consumption should be consulted with the attending physician.

Ginseng tea is commonly available in pharmacies and specialized stores, try it right away! You can also test its beneficial effects through Focus , which offers 30 mg of ginseng in one capsule. Together with the other eleven natural substances it contains, it gives a person concentration and a calm mind for 2-3 hours.