What is American Ginseng?
Ginseng is an essential herb, with a long history in China as a powerful adaptogen. As an adaptogen, ginseng helps to increase the bodies resistance against stress through its regulation of the bodies central nervous system, cardiovascular system and endocrine glands.
Health Benefits of American Ginseng
American ginseng plays an important role in both the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Studies have indicated that American ginseng can lower post-prandial (after-meal) blood glucose measurements in people without type 2 diabetes. Additionally, studies focused on patients with Type 2 diabetes indicated reductions in long-term blood glucose control, which lowers the risk of further diabetic complications.
American ginseng enhances the immune system, helping to fight off infection and disease. These clinical studies have reinforced American ginseng’s role as an antioxidant, boosting the performance of cells who play a vital role in immunity.
American ginseng’s distinct ginsenosides profile provides enhanced neurocognitive properties. These properties include significant improvements in both working memory and reaction time with the administration of American ginseng.
Ginsenosides Rg1 and Rb1 (which are found in higher concentrations in American ginseng) increase the brains serotonin levels. Serotonin helps to ensure the smooth transfer of impulses between nerve cells contributing to enhanced mood and wellbeing.
American ginseng has been shown to reduce inflammation and regulate cortisol levels. Cortisol is responsible for the body’s response and temporary increase in energy production (“Fight or Flight” response).
For more information on American ginseng visit the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association website: http://www.ginsengontario.com/about/health-benefits/