What Are The Health Benefits Of Ginseng?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the health benefits of ginseng? Ginseng is an herb that is rich in antioxidants, and it has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.

Brain Function

There have been some research studies that have shown that it improves brain function like memory and mood.

There was one study in over 6,400 adults that found that regular consumption of ginseng for 5 years was associated with improved cognitive function. Another small study showed that taking 200 mg of ginseng significantly improved working memory after 3 hours compared to a placebo.

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Improved Immune Function

There were some research animal studies that showed that ginseng increased the number of immune cells. Another study in about 100 people showed that taking 2 grams of Korean ginseng per day for 8 weeks significantly increased the levels of immune cells compared to a placebo.

Decrease Fatigue

Ginseng has been known to decrease fatigue and increase energy in animal research studies. There was a review study that showed that ginseng can significantly improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome compared to a placebo after 15 days.

Erectile Dysfunction

There have been some small studies that have shown that ginseng can improve the effects of erectile dysfunction.

There was a 2014 study that showed that taking 2.7g of ginseng per day was effective at lowering blood sugar and increasing insulin levels after a test meal compared to a placebo.

Ginseng can be consumed in so many ways. It can be added to soups, stir-fried dishes and the extract can be found in powder, tablet, capsule, and oil forms. The recommended daily dose you should take of ginseng is 200 to 400 mg of extract.

The Bottom Line the health benefits of ginseng are improved brain function, decreased fatigue and heightened energy levels.

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