Ginseng is a light-colored, fleshy root which can be consumed in dried, whole, or sliced form.

Ginseng contains a compound called ginsenosides, which is responsible for its main medicinal benefits. Other compounds include polyacetylenes such as panaxynol and panaxadiol, polyphenolic compounds, arginine, and its derivatives, as well as acidic polysaccharides.

Health Benefits of Ginseng;

1. Ginseng boosts the Immune System

Ginseng contains an anti-allergic, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can help fight against bacterial infection. It enhances the effect of vaccinations against diseases like hepatitis C virus.

2. Ginseng treats Menstrual Discomfort

Women suffering from extreme menstrual discomfort and cramps are advised to take ginseng. This is because it is a soothing and anti-inflammatory substance. Also, it helps reduce night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, insomnia, weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, and anxiety.

Even women who have menopausal changes are advised to take ginseng.

3. Ginseng prevents premature ejaculation

If you suffer from premature ejaculation, (men) get a cream that has ginseng in it. Apply the cream to the penis one hour before intercourse, then wash it off right before intercourse. It will help prevent premature ejaculation.

3. Ginseng reduces Alcohol Toxicity

For those who consume a lot of alcohol, ginseng actually reduces the alcohol toxicity in the brain. That is, it increases enzymes that help in alcohol breakdown

5. Ginseng aids with Weight Loss

When following a weight loss program and diet, you might want to add ginseng. Ginseng contains a lot of chemicals which help suppress appetite and burns fat. Consuming the dry and powdered ginseng will quickly suppress “hunger hormones” therefore helping you loose weight.

6. Ginseng prevents Premature Aging

In most places, ginseng is valued for its ability to reduce the signs of aging. Its antioxidant properties prevent the negative effects of free radicals throughout the body, which prevent cellular damage.

Other benefits include;

 

Side Effects of Ginseng

It is good to note that, Ginseng is a very powerful spice and can cause negative reactions in the body when consumed in excess

That is, ginseng causes;

  • Dry mouth, headache, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Stomach problems like, diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure
  • Nervousness, insomnia, and in serious cases, delirium

Note: It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women. Also, if you are taking any medication, it is good to ask your doctor before you take ginseng.