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Ginseng Benefits For Memory

Updated on May 23, 2016

Ginseng a herb with an impressive history

Ginseng is derived from the fleshy roots of eleven different types of perennial plants. It is generally available whole or sliced and dried, red ginseng from China, white ginseng from America. Very occasionally ginseng is available fresh. It has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to restore and enhance general wellbeing. The Benefits of Ginseng are more far-reaching than their original usage. Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies available today.

Translating ginseng gives us ‘man root’. The possible reason for this name could be the resemblance between the root and the legs of a man. Ginseng has a long history, dating back over 5000 years. It was a highly valued medicinal plant for Chinese emperors and was known througout the empire. In the third century A.D. we see a spread of ginseng to other parts of the world. The famous Silk Road was used for trading a wide variety of goods, not only Silk, including Ginseng.

Ginseng Health Benefits and safety

Ginseng is relatively safe even when taken in large doses and its medicinal benefits cover a broad range of ailments. Many people today take it pure as herbal supplement to improve their feeling of general wellbeing. The Benefits of Ginseng has been widely noted and documented to aid with some serious ailments. It increases energy levels and prevents fatigue, improves cognitive functions, helps with erectile dysfunction, has anticancer properties and has anti-inflammatory effects.

There have been numerous studies conducted to test the effects and show the Benefits of Ginseng and it has been proven that ginseng increases white blood cell counts and improves T cell counts in patients that are HIV positive or suffer from herpes. The tests and results of taking daily doses of ginseng to aid the memory and for brain stimulation have been widely documented and are extremely positive.

Farming ginseng

Ginseng benefits for memory and the mind and how it enhances both

  • Researchers in a study in 2004 showed how ginseng was metabolised and found that the Benefits of Ginseng were that it restored nerve cell damage and helped to enhance memory function which is beneficial to patients with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ginseng Benefits the Memory by its ability to repair damaged nerve cells that have been starved of oxygen in patients who have suffered a stroke or even multiple small strokes.
  • As we age we suffer from memory loss and cannot avoid it but the effects can be minimised by taking ginseng supplements, it also is beneficial with slowing down the effects of senile dementia.
  • In a blind test study it was clearly proven that those taking ginseng supplements showed significantly higher memory and mental performance than those taking placebos.
  • Another Ginseng Memory Benefit is that although ginseng boosts mental and memory effects it has the added benefit of lowering stress levels and inducing a feeling of calmness.
  • Students who take ginseng supplements daily have also shown improved speed when making decisions based on multiple answer questions.
  • Ginseng has long been used in the Energy Drinks available on the market. As ginseng is a brain stimulant and gives a major energy boost. However these should not be consumed in large volumes daily. They regularly contain other stimulants, lots of sugar and large quantities of ginseng has the effect of keeping the brain ’awake’ for an extended period. This can be a boost for body/brain, but it is also very taxing on your health to take in that amount of stimulants and sugar.
  • Ginseng Benefits are not only seen in improvement of ailments and old age related problems, but is seen as memory booster for young adults coping with their studies.
  • The Benefits of Ginseng on young adults coping with the high paced lives they live and stressful jobs has been well documented and all young and not so young adults should be taking ginseng supplements daily.
  • Ginseng Benefits as a brain stimulant are great for a natural stimulant. It should be taken by students over a protracted period to derive the most benefit. So not just at exam times.

Other Ginseng Health Benefits

  • Another health benefit of Ginseng is that it stimulates hair growth and is beneficial when on a weight loss diet as it is a natural appetite suppressant.
  • Ginseng is also a popular supplement if you have type 2 diabetes as it has the effect of controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Another Ginseng Benefit is that it helps to control menstrual pain.
  • Ginseng Benefits have also been noted in patients with Parkinson’s disease who take ginseng supplements daily due to ginsengs ability to repair nerve damage.
  • Any one who has damaged brain or nerve cells due to trauma, epilepsy or stress hormones can only derive the Benefit of Ginseng by taking the supplement daily

How to consume ginseng

You can consume ginseng in tea. Many herbal teas or more specific ginseng teas have some crude ginseng root in the sachets. In my experience this doesn’t have the same potenty as the extract. But I enjoy my daily cup of tea more than taking supplements. If i balance my diet well, exercise and have my daily teas, I seem to reap enough benefits. A lifestyle habit like drinking healthy herbal teas is better to maintain than jumping in on differing supplement trends. Although I can see then benefits of supplements when you have your exams.

Other options are buying extract that you can put in a cup of hot water and add some flavour like honey for taste. I tried this for a period of 3 weeks last winter with some very nice results. I was fit and didn’t have any mental downs. There are also tablets and capsules of ginseng wich you can take as supplements to your diet. I haven’t tried those yet. You should definitly check for correct dosage then, because in my experience its more easy to take more than you need with pills. Getting advise from a medical professional, before taking ginseng extract can be wise since it possibly interacts with medication.

  • Read the label and/or follow the doctors instructions about dosage
  • Consume with a meal when possible
  • Since it works on the brain, don’t take it before bed if you have trouble sleeping

Ginseng and other herbs

Ginseng dosage and side-effects

Chinese ginseng, also called red ginseng or Korean red ginseng can be powerful in extract form. The correct dosage is dependent on different variables such as the person. It is not advised for children or pregnant women. Because it can in some cases increase bloodpressure, diarrhea or be a cause for low blood sugar. Equally important is the potenty,in ginseng the main compounds are the ginsenosides. These are generally are around 5% in Chinese and American ginseng. So a dose of 80 – 450 mg of ginseng extract daily should be more than enough.

Ginseng benefits for memory, closing words

It is often asked if ginseng is healthy and is it a beneficial herbal supplement and the answer would have to be a positive. It must be stressed that ginseng is not a cure for any significant ailments it is a supplement that enhances improvement in mind, memory, brain and bodily functions. Ginseng is one of the most widely used supplements for memory improvement around the world. It has been used in Chinese medicine for over 5000 years and has now become a popular supplement in the western world. The Benefits of Ginseng have been widely documented in use for young and old alike, whether you have a major ailment or are just wanting to live life to it’s fullest.

Ginseng risks and benefits

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    • Sam Shepards profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Shepards 

      2 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Jasmeet Kaur 

      2 years ago from India

      very informative.. thanks for sharing..

    • Sam Shepards profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Shepards 

      2 years ago from Europe

      I tried ginseng tea mostly during my studies or when I had work for some certification. It's always difficult to distinguish benefits for me. During study periods I also exercise more, even just walking around and jumping up and down to get the blood flowing after sitting to long. I'm also more or less a coffee and tea addict so I'm used to drinking caffeine daily.

      Illegal harvest and trade is indeed big business. In Europe there is now even illegal trade of over the counter baby milk powder to China, because of some bad quality Chinese products. Some Chinese are paying 3 times the normal price to get a safe product for their babies. So yes if some product is perceived beneficial and has a high price, you'll see illegal trade sparking up if the normal market doesn't provide

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      Nancy Yager 

      2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I have never tried ginseng. I did not know it was good for memory and brain health. I was watching a show about people who go out and harvest it illegally. It is big business in the United States.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is interesting. I have friends before who used to give me ginseng candies and the taste needs getting used to. With all these benefits, it is worth having some.

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