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What are the Different Types of Ginseng? Ginseng Benefits and Side Effects

Each different type of ginseng are powerful and offer multiple health benefits as their effects have numerous uses.

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     Nutritional supplements are very misunderstood and sometimes get a bad rap because people either take the wrong supplements or the wrong amounts necessary to get results. Everyone has heard of ginseng, and most people associate it with energy which is not why I take it or why anyone else should take it in my opinion. Companies that add it to their products for energy do so playing on the ignorance of consumers knowing full well that you can take ginseng before bed without any problems. So what are the different types of ginseng and how can ginseng benefit your life?

Different Types of Ginseng

There three main different types of ginseng are Oriental, Siberian, and American.

Oriental Ginseng (Panax)

  • This type of ginseng has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Panax ginsengs are adaptogenic herbs which help decrease sensitivity to stress. They are identified by the amount of the active chemical ginsenoside that they contain. Ginsenoside content varies on species, location of which it was grown, and the time it took to grow before harvest. They also have a fleshy root.

American Ginseng

  • The forked root and leaves of American ginseng were used traditionally by the Native Americans as medicine. This type of ginseng was very widespread among New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario but due to over-harvesting and destruction to its habitat it is now very rare in these areas. American ginseng, like Panax ginseng, is also identified by ginsenosides.

Siberian Ginseng

  • Siberian ginseng is truly an adaptogenic herb as well because it is related to Panax but the difference between these ginsengs is that Siberian ginseng contains eleutherosides, not ginsenoside. This type of ginseng has a woody root.

Ginseng Benefits and Side effects

Ginseng benefits and side effects
 

Ginseng and Blood Pressure

  • Unlike stimulants we take for energy that raise our blood pressure, ginseng actually does the opposite and lowers blood pressure. This study shows that ginseng does indeed lower blood pressure, not as much as prescription medicine, but it does indeed help nonetheless.
  • Many people have high blood pressure because of their lifestyle choices and are unaware of it. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because it’s effects are not felt on a daily basis like one may expect. There are many complications that arise from high blood pressure such as kidney failure which occurs when high blood pressure slowly degrades the filtering mechanism of the kidneys until someone needs a transplant or dies. 
  • Taking ginseng in concert with prescription drugs is an option to talk about with your doctor to reduce your dependence on synthetic drugs which carry their own side effects.

Ginseng Improving Blood Flow

  • Increased blood blow means that the necessary oxygen is carried to the cells throughout the body in an efficient manner. This can have a multitude of effects including ginseng benefits for women who often have circulation issues in their legs or by helping people’s brains function better by allowing neurons to run more efficiently. 
  • Having better blood circulation means better health and physical performance that any one would be interested in. Many companies ignorantly add ginseng into brain boosting nootropic stacks in hopes of helping focus and concentration. Since ginseng improves blood flow it can help abstract thought but it does not help focus and concentration as much as coffee or a strong focusing agent like Addrena. Powerful natural and herbal Adderall alternatives like Addrena understand that ginseng is actually effective at increasing abstract thought as opposed to mental alertness which is why Addrena does not contain any ginseng.


Check out this study about how ginseng increases blood flow

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

  • Many people know that Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra work by lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the penis. For this same reason, but to a lesser effect, ginseng can have health benefits for men in this way because it naturally works by a similar function of both increasing blood flow and lowering blood pressure. 
  • ED can often times be apparent because of other maladies like low blood pressure and circulation problems which can effect our every day lives and overall life span. By supplementing with ginseng we can achieve noticeable effects while also increasing our overall health levels.

 

Other uses of Ginseng

Ginseng also has many other benefits but not all have conclusive evidence behind them.
  • Improve mood
  • Endurance
  • Heart disease
  • Fatigue
  • Hepatitis C
  • Diabetes

Ginseng Side Effects


Ginseng has some of the least side effects of any nutritional supplement that you can buy. The side effects that are listed are agitation, diarrhea, headache, trouble sleeping, and nervousness. I have never experienced anything even close to a side effect from ginseng which is why I recommend people consider making it part of their nutritional supplement regimen.

Forms of Ginseng

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  • Tablets and Capsules

    Ginseng pills will have a similar effect whether it is a tablet or a capsule. Both should be taken with a food and a whole glass of water.

  • Liquid

    The liquid bottle ginseng dosage comes as 10ml and contain 6000mg per bottle. They do not taste that great but are the most effective from what I have tried. I will add though that I tend to take the most amount of MGs when I take these as 1ml of fluid is a very small amount and I have never experienced any noticeable side effects when going over the 500mg amount that is suggested.

  • Tea

    Ginseng tea is used to help boost immune system as well as improve digestion, stabilize blood sugar, and as a remedy for menstrual cramps. Always look for teas with 3-7% ginsenosides as more of them will determine the strength of the ginseng.

     These different types of ginseng are a great herb to take because it is effective at lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow to different parts of our body which in turn helps us in many ways. Always use caution when consuming any type of supplement. It is important to remember that we all have our own bio-chemical individuality, which means that we all respond differently to supplements, foods, drugs, and most anything else like sunlight for example. If you ever develop a rash, hives, swelling, difficult breathing, or itching that could be a sign that you are having an allergic reaction and should take an OTC product like Benadryl or consult a professional right away.

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