What´s The Best Way to Take Ginseng?
If your energy levels have been waning lately, Ginseng might just be the herbal supplement you need. This herb-traditionally used by Native American, Chinese and Korean cultures-is known for boosting the immune system and energy levels while helping to improve vitality, stamina and strength. But with a variety of forms available -from capsules and candies to tinctures and teas- what´s the best option to get the boost you need? Read on to find out.
Using Roots to Treat Root Problems
Ginseng interacts with the body on two levels. First, the herb contains phytoestrogens, plant-based estrogens that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Thus Ginseng is commonly used to treat conditions caused by hormonal imbalance, such as sexual dysfunction and menopause symptoms.
Second, Ginseng helps to boost energy levels in the body through the compound ginsenosides, which are similar to steroid-like compounds. When ginsenosides are introduced into the body, they help give you an extra boost of strength and stamina.
The best way to treat the root cause of low energy levels, sexual dysfunction and menopausal symptoms is by chewing Ginseng roots. The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture notes the following considerations when purchasing Ginseng root:
. Always look for the words ¨100% ginseng¨ on the product to avoid purchasing Ginseng with fillers.
. Like a fine wine, older Ginseng roots have more potency.
. Wild and woods-grown roots have more potency.
. Whole root products are preferred to products made from hair roots and large fiber roots.
Continue reading below to learn about other ginseng products.
Roots versus Capsules, Candies, Tinctures and Teas
You may have winced at the idea of chewing raw Ginseng root, as the herb is known for its strong, bittersweet/earthy flavor. While new Ginseng users may initially prefer taking Ginseng in capsules or teas, they do not reap the same benefits of Ginseng root. Here´s why:
. Only some of the many ginsenosides of Ginseng are used in the preparation of capsules, powders and extracts. Thus the best ¨cuts¨ of Ginseng are always sold as roots and slices, rather than in other forms.
. Consuming Ginseng as a tea, chewable tablet or candy requires initial absorption to happen in the mouth. Artificial sugars are often added to these products to sweeten taste, thus reducing the potency of the herb.
. Tinctures contain none of the root mass of Ginseng. Thus they tend to denature Ginseng´s healthful properties and alter its quality.
While Ginseng has numerous health benefits, it is also known to cause some side effects. You should consult with your doctor before using ginseng. Click here to learn more about ginseng and menopause.