Mother earth has within itself nature’s many treasures and miracles. The plants and herbs that have powerful healing and soothing abilities. The ‘king of herbs’ or more commonly known as Korean Ginseng has within its roots such extraordinary abilities, to cure many physical as well as mental ailments. It is also known as Asian ginseng or Panax ginseng. Panax means ‘a cure all’ in Latin and hints to the various capabilities of Korean Ginseng.
Korean Ginseng naturally occurs in two forms, white and red. Each of these have different properties given their varying compositions. White ginseng is harvested between 4–6 years and red ginseng is harvested after 6 or more years. After naturally steaming and drying freshly harvested white ginseng, we obtain red ginseng. This process locks in nutrients that are later absorbed by the human body whereas these nutrients degrade in white ginseng over time. Red ginseng has a higher amount of certain ginsenosides and is therefore preferred more for health purposes.
A description of all of the benefits of Korean ginseng might just be too long for us to go into. However, we’ve picked some of the points we think everyone can benefit from. So without wasting any more time, let’s get right into it!
Improves sleep quality
Insomnia is a common problem around the world, and people are on a lookout for remedies. Well, we may have found the perfect one. Research has suggested that ginseng has the ability to improve sleep quality. Not only does it improve sleep efficacy but research has found that intake of ginseng reduced the total wake time, meaning individuals were not only able to sleep for long but that their sleep was more peaceful.
Ginseng is well known for its ability to boost strength and energy as well as enhance stamina. Korean ginseng is not only beneficial for healthy individuals, hoping to get a boost in their physical energy but also those who suffer from fatigue and tiredness as a result of some underlying disease. For example, it is found to help cancer patients improve their energy levels. Unlike caffeine, that makes one jittery, this boost of energy is free from such side-effects.
Ginseng is known to help improve concentration levels and mental performance. Its antioxidant properties help prevent brain damage, protecting the brain cells from potential free radical damage. It is also known to prevent age related mental decline and memory loss. According to research, regular consumption of panax ginseng root helped Alzheimer’s patients to boost mental performance. It can combat memory issues in case of stroke patients and those affected by short-term memory loss. Symptoms of ADHD may also see significant improvement.
Reduces blood sugar
Studies have suggested that ginseng can play a vital role in lowering and maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels. It seems to be of benefit to both individuals with and without diabetes. Ginseng has the ability to improve pancreatic cell function, boost insulin production, improve insulin resistance and enhance the uptake of blood sugar in tissues. The antioxidant property helps to reduce free radicals in the cells of those who have diabetes.
Stress is one of the major causes of depression and anxiety. Ginseng can help with depressive symptoms by effectively regulating the hormonal changes due to stress. It helps to relax and calm down the nervous system. Not only does it suppress the occurrence of psychological diseases such as anxiety and depression, but also prevents the associated physiological diseases from manifesting. Studies have also revealed the beneficial effects of ginseng on the heart and brain.
Ginseng is known to contain high levels of antioxidants that helps to not only prevent but also repair cellular damage in the body i.e., slow down the process of aging. These antioxidants also help against free radicals in the environment that can cause the appearance of wrinkles and even skin cancer. It also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by improving blood circulation in even the tiniest of blood capillaries and synthesis of collagen. It inhibits the production of melanin thereby helping with hyperpigmentation.
Ginseng might just be the solution to your skin care woes. Interestingly, ginseng is becoming a common ingredient in Korean skin care products. The skin experts are vouching for it, so it must be a big deal. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginseng can help reduce swelling and puffiness if you have sensitive skin that easily flares up. It can help calm down aggressive acne breakouts and even psoriasis.
To conclude, these are just a few of the benefits and properties of Korean Ginseng. There are many more remarkable benefits of this herbal medicine for your mind and body including combating common viral infections and prevention of ulcers, tumors and even cancer! Incorporating this herb in your daily diet will help you reap the many beneficial properties, making you realize that it is indeed one of nature’s greatest miracle.