Panax ginseng
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Ginseng

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Panax ginseng
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Have you heard about the energy-boosting effects of ginseng in everyday life? Wondering if a ginseng supplement is the right fit for you?

Ginseng is a popular functional health food used around the world for energy, positive vitality and increased alertness. In fact, the tiny root is so popular that it's considered to be perhaps the world's best-selling herbal remedy.

In this article, we've gathered the most important information and made it easy to understand, so you quickly and easily can learn everything you need to know about the popular Asian plant.

You'll get the answers to the questions:

  • What is ginseng?
  • What are the benefits of ginseng?
  • How do I choose the best ginseng supplement?

... as well as other useful information about the valuable little root that has been used as an "elixir of life" for millennia and is still one of the world's most widely used plants for dietary supplements.

What is ginseng?

Ginseng is a perennial shrub with eye-catching flowers that develop into red berries. It is the most potent root, which is why it is typically used in supplements.

The name comes from the Chinese word "renshen", which translates best to "human-like".

And why is that?

Well, this should be obvious after seeng a picture of the root (see below).

Panax ginseng root
Human or plant? The ginseng root is branched and almost looks like a small human.

The most well-known and widely used type is called Panax ginseng.

It's best known as a way to boost energy and concentration - a sort of 'elixir of life'.

So perhaps it's not surprising that the word "panax" actually means "healing" in Greek.

In East Asian countries such as China and Korea, ginseng has been used for millennia and it remains one of the most widely used plants for both supplements and cooking in Asia.

In recent times, ginseng has grown in popularity as a functional health food and today the tiny root is used all over the world.

Ginseng is relatively expensive to produce, as it needs to grow in peace and quiet for 4-6 years before it has reached its optimal effect and can be harvested. The reason for this long growth period is that the active substances (ginsenosides) need to be fully developed for optimal quality and effect.

Back in the days, only emperors and nobles could afford to buy the little root.

Fortunately, that has changed and today ginseng is available to everyone and easily accessible.

Real ginseng - the best ginseng

There are several different types of ginseng, all belonging to the Araliaceae family.

When choosing a ginseng supplement, opt for real ginseng. This is the variant that experts consider to be the most effective and powerful.

The real ginseng is Korean ginseng, Panax ginseng, which is also known as C.A. Meyer.

This is also the most common species and the one most often used in scientific studies to investigate the effects and advantages of ginseng.

It's important not to confuse Panax ginseng with imitations like Russian root (Siberian ginseng), as they are two completely different varieties.

What is ginseng good for?

Ginseng is commonly used to combat fatigue and boost energy. It is particularly favored during periods of stress or strain to aid the body in a quicker recovery.

What effect does ginseng have?

The impact of ginseng varies significantly from person to person, and there are limited scientific studies on its effects with varied results. As of now, it is not possible to definitively state the effects of this plant.

Studies have shown that Panax ginseng:

  • Can contribute to increased energy and positive vitality
  • Can help to counteract fatigue
  • Can help improve concentration and coordination
  • Can help improve attention
  • Can help promote vitality
  • Can help maintain good cognitive performance
  • Can help to maintain memory
  • May contribute to normal blood circulation, which is linked to brain performance and reactivity
  • Can help maintain good sexual relationships

The active ingredients in ginseng are called ginsenosides (also known as saponins). The content of ginsenosides should be between 8 and 15 mg to be a really good product.

In addition, ginseng contains estrogen-like substances. The plant also has a natural content of B vitamins, zinc and iron and is rich in antioxidants.

4HER Hormonal Balance and 4HIM TestoBalance contain 100 mg and 250 mg ginseng extract extracted from the true ginseng, Panax ginseng. The plants are only harvested after 4-5 years and therefore have a high ginsenoside content of 15%, equivalent to 15 mg.

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Panax ginseng can i.a. contribute to increased energy and positive vitality.

Does ginseng have side effects?

Some studies suggest that ginseng may cause breast tenderness in some women, likely due to its estrogen-like substances. It's crucial to take the correct dose, as excessive amounts can lead to side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, high blood pressure, and dizziness.

Ginseng is intended to enhance positive vitality and energy in daily life, not the opposite. If you experience side effects, it's advisable to discontinue the product.

According to the European Medicines Agency, you should see a doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Additionally, be mindful of potential hypersensitivities to other ingredients in your ginseng supplement. Some formulations combine ginseng with other active components for specific effects, so always check the ingredient list.

If you have medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer and are on medication, consult your doctor before taking ginseng. It's advisable to check for potential drug interactions before starting any ginseng supplement.

How should I take ginseng?

Ginseng is available in various forms such as tablets, tea, and chewing gum. It's even present in some skin creams for reducing inflammation. You can also consume it in its natural form through cooking.

For a concentrated dose, consider ginseng tablets, liquid extract, or powder as part of a supplement. This helps ensure a safe and accurate daily intake

Avoid taking ginseng supplements a few hours before bedtime to prevent sleep disturbances, as they can increase energy levels and make it harder to sleep.

How long do I need to take a ginseng supplement to feel the effects?

As with most other supplements, it's important that you take ginseng over a longer period of time to feel the effects of the plant.

It takes time for the body to absorb the supplement and achieve the optimal effect.

Try a ginseng supplement

Need extra energy for the day? Consider a supplement with ginseng. 4HIM&HER is a range of supplements designed to address common health challenges for both men and women.

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