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Panax Ginseng Health Benefits and Side Effects - Red Panax Ginseng Extract

Updated on January 31, 2014

Overview

  • Introduction
  • Facts
  • Chemical Contents
  • Benefits
  • Side effects
  • Quality and Dosage

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Introduction

Panax Ginseng or the true Ginseng has been used in Asia for several thousand years. It has many different applications in traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Korean medicine. It is a herb that is universally beneficial to humans and even animals benefit from this a lot.

Panax ginseng does not attack an illness specifically or directly. Rather, it strengthens the whole body and mind and makes it thus much more resistent to illnesses, diseases, cancer, tumors, air pollution and even against radioactivity. It also enhances cognitive abilities and works excellently against stress.

There are different herbs that include "Ginseng" in their name, such as American Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Japanese Ginseng and so on. They work similar to Panax Ginseng, but only Panax (Korean) Ginseng is the true Ginseng. That's why you should be very careful when purchasing Ginseng (see below for more information on how to chose the best quality).

Some facts about Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng is only found in the Western hemisphere. Originally, it only occurred in Northern Asia, Korea and Vietnam (Vietnam is the most Southern location, where ginseng has been found).

Some hundred years ago, it has been brought to America and Europe. There is also a ginseng type called American Ginseng that only grows in North America.

Ginseng contains a lot of very important vitamins, minerals and chemicals. There is no outstanding chemical that is the most important part. The chemicals work mostly together such that humans can benefit from Panax ginseng.

Chemical Contents

Panax ginseng is extremely rich in B-Vitamins, minerals and certain chemicals called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are only found in Panax ginseng (all other ginsengs such as the American or Siberian ginseng do not contain ginsenosides). They belong to the chemical group of saponines. It has been found out that these different types of ginsenosides are very important regarding the effect on the body and mind.

  • rich in amino acids

  • aluminium

  • arsenic

  • calcium

  • cobalt

  • copper

  • iron

  • magnesium

  • manganese

  • phosphor

  • potassium

  • silica

  • zinc

  • B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9 and B12 vitamins

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • ginsenosides

  • triterpenoids

  • various other elements that are also important to the body

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Health Benefits of Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng has been known for several thousand years to be effective against many illnesses, though it does not cure a specific illness directly.

Also, it has many positive influences on our organs such as the heart and the liver. It has very positive effects on the human mind. It is known to increase mental performance and concentration, to balance the brain, to be good against stress and to fight fatigue.

Panax ginseng is an adaptogenic herb. This means that is does not treat illnesses specifically, but balances the whole body and mind. The contents strengthen the muscles, bones, organs, the brain and the mind. So, your body and mind becomes stronger and much more resistent against physical and mental illnesses. So, it is universally beneficial for humans.

Heart: Ginseng improves the blood flow and regulates high and low blood pressure. It also strengthens the contraction power of the heart.

Liver: Ginseng helps the liver to regenerate and protects it from poisonings. Also, it helps the liver to remove the alcohol.

Stress: It has been proven that ginseng is very effective against stress. So, if you are a manager or a working mother, Panax ginseng can make a real change in your life.

Fatigue: Ginseng fights fatigue and promotes good sleep. That's why it would be good to take it in the evenings. It can also easen insomnia.

Mind: Ginseng has an extremely positive effect on the mind. It increases concentration and performance in students, what makes it to a very powerful help. In stressful times, it helps students to stay calm and to increase learning speed. In that regard, it is also possible to take a bit more than the recommended dosage in order to boost mental performance for a few days.

Neurobalancer: This is a benefit that is often forgotten. Panax ginseng is an excellent neuro (brain) balancer, since it contains so many B-Vitamin groups and ginsenosides. It helps to improve cognitive ablilites a lot. Also, it is very effective against smoking and drinking. People often find it hard to stop with either one of them. One reason is that the brain and body have already adapted to nicotine or alcohol. Ginseng helps to the body and brain to adapt faster to these changing chemical circumstances.

Body: Experiments have shown that it does increase the performance in athletes. The body is able to take up more oxygen, the red blood cells contain more haemoglobin and the production of more red blood cells is increased. Also, since the heart is strengthened, more blood can reach all body parts and the pulse does not go up (of course, it does go up if you run for example, but not that much with ginseng).

Libido: In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been also used as an aphrodisiakum in combination with Ginkgo Biloba. It can also be effective against erectile dysfunctions. For that, it is recommended to take a Ginseng Ginkgo tea 3 times a day for 3-4 weeks.

Depressions: Panax ginseng has also shown a positive effect against depressions. It can basically cure light depressions and also be a good additional remedy against more severe depression. If you have depressions and anti-depressants, you should first talk to your doctor in order to exclude severe side effects.

Since Panax ginseng is adaptogenic, healthy humans will not really notice physical improvement direclty. It works "underground". You should also give it some weeks until your body adapts to it and the benefits of ginseng become more noticeable. People have reported that even only after a week, they have already noticed an increase in concentration and mem

Side Effects

Normally, there are no side effects. Even if you take a overdosis, side effects might not occur. Still, it can lead to nausea, diarrhea, high blood pressure, cardiac problems and so on. You should also first talk to your doctor if you take medicaments or if you already have cardiac problems.

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Quality and Dosage

The recommended dosage is between 800mg and 2g, depending for what you are using it.

You should be very careful if you want to purchase Panax ginseng. There are two types that are sold: White and Red Panax Ginseng. Normally, ginseng is white. If you boil it in hot water, the dried herb becomes red and not white. So, the only difference is how they are made.

Sometimes, white ginseng also indicates that it was harvested already after 3-4 years. High quality ginseng should at least grow 6 years. Red ginseng is harvested after 6 years. This is often the case in Asian countries. So, beware of this information.

Also, Panax ginseng is an expensive herb. If you find a seller, who sells Panax ginseng to a much lower price than other sellers, it is often an indication for low-quality too! It is in that case mixed with Guaran who has also stimulating properties, but of course, little to no ginseng is contained in these products. So, you should rather invest some more money and look for a quality sign than to buy some cheap Panax ginseng.

High quality sellers are nature's way and a German website called "florafarm.de".

Both should ship internationally.

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