Ginseng: What is it for and how to use it

Ginseng is a medicinal plant with various health benefits, because it has substances called ginsenosides that give it stimulating properties and help revitalize the body. So it is an excellent option for when a person is very tired or has a lot of stress, acting as an extra stimulant to continue with daily activities and improve both mood and energy.

In addition to this, ginseng is excellent for maintaining blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and for improving blood circulation, being especially indicated for improving intimate life, increasing the pleasure of the couple.

What is ginseng for?

The main health benefits of ginseng include:

  1. Improve blood circulation (Korean ginseng: Panax ginseng );
  2. Calm and reduce stress (American ginseng: Panax quinquefolius );
  3. Stimulate brain cells by improving concentration and cognitive activities both in studies and at work; 
  4. Prevent the flu , mainly in the elderly because it has immunostimulant action;
  5. Prevent cancer because it is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals;
  6. Reduce symptoms of sexual impotence,  because it improves blood circulation;
  7. Decrease fatigue because it stimulates the brain;
  8. Promote general well-being because it fights tiredness and drowsiness;
  9. Decrease cortisol , which helps control stress;
  10. Help regulate blood pressure .

To take advantage of all the benefits it is necessary to consume ginseng whenever necessary. It is an excellent complement for people who are studying, who are in a period of exams or at a time of more stress and fatigue at work.

Regular consumption of 8 grams as the maximum daily dose of ginseng root during these periods contributes to well-being, making people meet their goals, however, it is not advised to ingest it in higher doses because it could cause the opposite effect .

How to use Ginseng

Below are 3 excellent recipes with ginseng to take advantage of all its properties and benefits, but they should be avoided by people with uncontrolled blood pressure or heart problems and by pregnant women

1. Ginseng noodle soup

This soup helps to increase energy and improve digestion, being an excellent option for dinner on a cold day.

Ingredients

  • 15 g of fresh ginseng root;
  • 3 onions;
  • 3 garlic cloves;
  • 1 carrot;
  • 2.5 cm ginger;
  • 150 g mushroom;
  • 200 g of noodles;
  • 1 handful of chopped parsley;
  • Salt and pepper to taste;
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil to saute;
  • 1.5 liter of water

Preparation Mode

Sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil until golden brown, then add the water, ginseng, carrot, ginger and mushrooms. Keep over medium heat until the carrot softens. Then add the noodles and season to taste and remove the ginseng and ginger. Serve the hot soup.

2. Ginseng tincture for the liver

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This tincture is easy to prepare and increases the body’s defense mechanisms and provides a feeling of well-being, balancing the energies of the liver. It also serves to combat fatigue, weakness, lack of concentration, stress, the general feeling of physical and psychological fatigue, bradycardia, sexual impotence, male fertility problems, arteriosclerosis and depression.

Ingredients

  • 25 g goji berries;
  • 25 g of ginseng;
  • 25 g of oats;
  • 5 g of licorice root;
  • 400 ml of vodka

Preparation Mode

Chop all ingredients and place them in a dark glass bowl, properly cleaned and sterilized. Cover them with vodka and make sure all the ingredients are covered by the drink. Leave in a dark closet and shake daily, for 3 weeks. After this time the tincture will be ready for use, just strain it and always store it inside a cupboard in a dark glass container, such as a beer bottle, for example.

The expiration date is 6 months. To drink just dilute 1 tablespoon of this tincture in a little water and drink daily.

3. Ginseng tea

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 g of ginseng;
  • 100 ml of water

Preparation Mode

Heat the water and when it reaches the boiling point add the ginseng. Cover the pot and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, it must be strained and must be ingested the same day it was prepared. 

4. Ginseng in capsules

Ginseng is marketed in capsules by various laboratories, and can easily be purchased in pharmacies, drug stores and natural products stores. As the dose of each supplement varies from one laboratory to another, to consume it you must pay attention to the labeling instructions, but generally the daily dose varies between 1 to 3 capsules or tablets a day, and must be taken in conjunction with meals.

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