Ginseng, from its scientific name: Panax ginseng Meyer, is a medicinal plant, which belongs to the araliaceae family.
As one of the most powerful roots in the world, ginseng is considered to be a natural stimulant for the body and one of the most effective dietary supplements. As an adaptogen, ginseng arouses a great deal of curiosity, particularly because of its exceptional beneficial effects on physical functions, but also on the mind and cognitive abilities.
Ginseng, a powerful natural dietary supplement
Ginseng, and more precisely “Korean Ginseng”, grows naturally in certain Asian countries, and more precisely in Korea and China. But it is also sometimes cultivated artificially in the rest of the world.
Another variety of ginseng also grows on the American continent. However the ginseng hope known to be the most effective is Panax Ginseng Meyer from Korea.
Ginseng is one of the world’s most popular dietary supplements, not least because of its positive health effects, which have been recognized for thousands of years.
The outstanding nutritional properties of ginseng make it a very popular root in Asia and on all continents. This root is used in cooking as well as in traditional medicine. Ginseng can stimulate the body, thanks to its various components. It acts on the immune system and strengthens the body’s natural defences.
It is also known to be an excellent natural aphrodisiac (perfect in combination with maca and rhodiola), and for its anti-inflammatory properties. But it also has other rather unknown benefits.
What is ginseng?
Ginseng is a tuber, consumed all over the world, mostly as a dietary supplement, whereas it was once eaten fresh, in its original form.
It is also one of the most widely consumed dietary supplements in the world. And for good reason, its beneficial properties for the body have made it a major part of traditional Asian medicine. Ginseng has been used in this way for more than four thousand years.
Ginseng is a root that has been known for a long time in Asia and in the Western world for about fifty years. A name that is now known throughout the world. However, few people are really familiar with ginseng, its properties, how it is produced and how best to use its beneficial effects. Nowadays, this root has become so rare that many products appear here and there, containing extracts that are sometimes of poor quality and sold at exorbitant prices. Not to mention the many imitations that are not very interesting to consume, hence the difficulties in finding real quality red ginseng.
Origin of ginseng
Ginseng means “root man” in Mandarin Chinese. It originates from a region stretching from China to Korea and has been used for more than 4000 years. Negotiated at a golden price, ginseng was then considered an elixir of youth and reserved for the Chinese emperors who used it as a stimulant and tonic. It was much later introduced to Europe around the year 1000 when its reputation for its medicinal virtues grew.
The ginseng in question here is Panax Meyer red ginseng, which is of Asian origin. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It grows naturally in the Chinese-Korean region. Because there is also another variety of this plant species that grows on the American continent. The dissimilarities are mainly in the concentration and composition of the ginsenosides and saponins contained in the roots.
The virtues of ginseng are indeed mainly found in the root. It is therefore important to be careful before buying a product made from Korean red ginseng root and not a simple “ginseng extract” which may be either American ginseng or composed of stem, leaf and other parts of ginseng, which are of little interest to the consumer.
The benefits of ginseng on the body
The main virtues of ginseng
- Increases physical performance, stamina and endurance
- Helps to maintain cognitive functions and/or reduce mental fatigue
- Invigorates and strengthens the body in times of fatigue and asthenia
- Improves recovery in people recovering from illness or injury
- Promotes better alertness and higher energy levels
- Improves intellectual concentration
- Restores energy, strength and vitality
- Known aphrodisiac that induces and improves erection, and helps maintain satisfactory sexual relations
- Contributes to mental well-being, lack of energy and helps to combat feelings of depression
- Ginseng, a powerful adaptogen
Adaptogens help to restore the general balance and have a positive effect on general well-being. Korean red ginseng is also known for its beneficial action on energy and stress. It thus contributes to mental well-being. Also nicknamed the “plant of vitality”, ginseng helps to support and ensure the proper functioning of the immune system.
Its very broad virtues make it possible to effectively support the organism, to fight against tiredness, to increase vigilance and to support a better recovery during a convalescent state. The ginsenosides and saponins contained in ginseng give it all its particularity. Numerous scientific studies have shown the positive effects of ginseng. It has benefits not only on the body but also on the mind since it contributes to psychological well-being and to fight against depression.
Choosing a ginseng titrated in ginsenosides
Panax ginseng contains several active ingredients, to which it owes most of its benefits on the body. These include ginsenosides and triterpenoids. Ginsenosides have anabolic and adaptogenic effects, but are also immune adjuvants.
Korean ginseng also contains pantothenic acid and nicotinamide. It consists of dammaran and tetracyclic triterpene heterosides, which are known to be similar to saponosides.
Thus, in order to take full advantage of the effects of the plant, it is advisable to choose a ginseng that is titrated to more than 10% ginsenosides.
Effects and uses of ginseng
How does ginseng work?
Ginseng is known to be a powerful adaptogen, which improves physical performance and stimulates the body and all of its functions.
To explain the action of ginseng on the human body, it is necessary to understand how medicine works on the Asian continent. The body and mind are one, and the symptoms expressed by the former may be ailments of the latter. It is also a question of balance, complementarity, circulation of energy (Chi). Moreover, the Chinese sages have understood for millennia that everything in nature is about cycles. Balance is achieved when all the circuits that run through our body are functioning well.
As an adaptogen, ginseng acts as a true energy regulator within the human organism. The roots of this plant can have a positive effect on the body’s defences, energy levels, well-being and psychological health. It can also effectively combat fatigue, whether physical or mental.
Improving cognitive functions
Known for its virtues on the body, ginseng root has been used for thousands of years for its effects on our brain. Indeed, it helps to improve our cognitive functions, especially our memory.
Ginseng can also help fight the symptoms of degenerative diseases. According to some studies, this is particularly the case with Alzheimer’s disease (1). In addition, the consumption of ginseng could improve the memory capacities of elderly people who suffer from mental deficiency (2). Finally, it is also used to combat depression.
Like turmeric, ginseng has interesting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The ginsenosides present in its composition prevent and stop inflammations but also improve the antioxidant capacities of our cells.
Ginseng and sports performance
Ginseng is a dietary supplement particularly appreciated by sportsmen and women, notably because of its ability to improve physical and mental performance, as well as for its anti-inflammatory virtues.
It is useful for physical recovery. This is why runners and those who practice other very intense sports (bodybuilding, crossfit, boxing, etc.) often consume it in the form of cures. The benefits of ginseng are also combined with other food supplements such as guarana, maca and spirulina.
Ginseng and libido
Ginseng is known worldwide for its properties on libido and to improve sexual desire. Better still, it stimulates virility and helps to fight erectile dysfunction. A maca-ginseng combination is particularly recommended if you are looking to improve your sexuality (whether you are a man or a woman) and promote better sexual performance.
Increase your energy level
The regular intake of ginseng has important beneficial effects on physical capacity and energy. Numerous studies have been carried out and have demonstrated the potential of red ginseng for physical activity and improved energy levels. Ginseng is also believed to be beneficial in improving respiratory capacity and the elimination of lactic acid, both of which are linked to endurance, recovery and athletic performance.
Whether it is a physical or mental fatigue, ginseng is recommended to give more energy, improve recovery and promote better alertness. It improves physical capacities and acts as a powerful natural energizer. Used in people who have undergone burnout or are recovering, ginseng has demonstrated its full capacity and effectiveness in various studies.
Strengthening the immune system
Also known as the “plant of vitality”, ginseng, especially red ginseng, helps to support and ensure the proper functioning of the immune system (6). Ginseng increases the phagocytic activity of macrophages and thus enhances the body’s protection against bacteria, infectious cells and other nanoparticles foreign to the body. It also has immunostimulant effects. It is thus recommended in the event of physical or moral fatigue or during changes of season in order to reinforce its immunity. To this end, it can be combined with guarana or royal jelly.
Indications and dosage
Ginseng consumption may vary depending on the type of supplement you have at your disposal. Indeed, if it is a simple ginseng powder or a real red ginseng root extract, the recommendations will not be the same. Here, we will focus on the most effective formulation, to have the extract of Korean ginseng root, as offered on our shop. We therefore recommend that you consume 1 to 3 capsules of ginseng per day, i.e. a maximum of 1200mg of powder including 750mg of root extract, in order to obtain optimal effects. The doses can vary according to your state of fatigue or stress, or if you are for example at the beginning of your convalescence or in full physical preparation (for high level athletes for example).