Ginseng is an Asian plant, used for more than 5000 years to improve the overall health of humans. Because of its numerous healing effects, Chinese consider it miraculous. They used it for enlightening the mind and increasing wisdom. Also, it was taken as a tonic for the benefit of the whole body, and believed to cure arthritis, impotence, senility, lethargy, and many other conditions. Today, there are several types of ginseng that originate from Korea, China, America, and Siberia. The older the plant- the better the effects! This is because older plants have more vitamins, micro and macro elements, such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. You can use it as tea, or add it to your soup and coffee, or take it in pills. Here is a video of Korean chicken ginseng soup recipe and preparation, so why not give it a try!
In terms of modern science, it is known to be an adaptogen, which means that it assists body to restore itself to health, and work without side effects even if the recommended dose is exceeded. Due to this, ginseng is used to lower cholesterol, increase energy and endurance, reduce fatigue and effects of stress, and prevent infections. Because of these benefits, sportsmen use it to enhance their performance. It appears to help people with diabetes. A limited study performed in March 2000 at the University of Toronto showed that ginseng could lower blood sugar 20% more than placebo. Also, it helps better usage of vitamins and minerals in organism, what is especially important for those who do not take in enough of these precious substances.
Ginseng is one of the most effective anti-aging supplements. It can alleviate some major effects of aging, such as degeneration of blood system, and increase mental and physical capacity.