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5 Ways Ginseng is a Wonder Herb

This unique root is one of the most treasured herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The benefits of ginseng have been passed down from one generation to the next for thousands of years. For example, the Chinese have been using it to treat an array of maladies.

The name ginseng refers to both the American and Asian or Korean varieties of the herb. It is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, and many homeowners use a little bit of it to add a hint of bitter and sweetness to their dishes. In addition, ginseng boasts many well-documented benefits to our health and wellbeing, from giving the immune system a leg-up to fortifying cardiovascular health.

Here are five ways that ginseng help to make you look and feel better:

1. Boosts the immune system1

Ginseng has been extensively reported to maintain homeostasis of the immune system and enhance resistance to illness or microbial attacks through the regulation of the immune system. This means that those prone to colds and flus should go on a diet consisting of some ginseng — they will be beneficial in the long run. Researchers have also confirmed that ginseng stimulate cytokine secretion, antibody production, surface marker expression, and cellular functions such as phagocytosis and cytotoxicity.2

2. Protects the heart3

Cardiovascular diseases are some of the most common ailments in Singapore. The good news is that some studies show that Asian ginseng may help to alleviate symptoms of heart disease in patients. Frequent consumption of the herb may even go as far as to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol and, in turn, raise the good cholesterol in your body. Lowering the bad cholesterol goes a long way in keeping your heart skipping to the right beat.

3. Regulates glucose levels in diabetics4

Although the relationship between American ginseng and diabetes has been studied more extensively over the years, the Asian variety has also been shown to have some effects on blood sugar levels, such as regulating blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. One study, for example, found that Type 2 diabetics who took American ginseng before or together with a sugary drink experienced a lower spike in blood glucose levels. Other studies suggest that American ginseng may even help to ease diabetes-related complications, such as retinal and cardiac functional changes.

4. Restores energy5

After a long night or a particularly stressful day at work, taking some ginseng, especially in the form of soup or tea, can help restore your energy. This is because ginseng has a way of replenishing qi, supplementing body fluids, and suppressing internal heat.

5. Skin health6

Ginseng works wonders for the body, both inside and out. It can brighten the skin, prevent ultraviolet damage, enhance collagen synthesis, and diminish signs of ageing.

 

Eu Yan Sang Ginseng Capsules

Wish to experience the many health benefits of ginseng? Eu Yan Sang has a wide array of products containing this wonder herb. They come in a variety of forms, from packets of rootlets to capsules and powder to tea bags.

Eu Yan Sang’s Ginseng Capsules (Korean and American Wild) are a convenient way to experience the goodness. Click here to order.

 

 


References:

1. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/american-ginseng

2. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/asian-ginseng

3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659612/

4. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/american-ginseng

5. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/asian-ginseng

6. http://www.livestrong.com/article/194315-ginseng-skin-care/

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