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The Benefits Of Ginseng

Ginseng is a nutritious Korean herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years. More recently, the panax ginseng supplement has become increasingly popular in western cultures, namely for its amazing properties within the body. Ginseng supplements can:

Boost the immune system

Our immune system can sometimes have a hard time keeping up, especially in these cold, winter months. Taking vitamin C is a very well-known and effective way to boost the immune system, but recent research has found that Ginseng enhances the properties of Vitamin C within the body. This fantastic supplement acts as an immune tonic, helping to increase the body’s defences to disease, leaving you feeling tip top this winter.

Increase energy levels

Ginseng reduces both physical and mental fatigue, increasing overall alertness. It has been found to be particularly useful within sport, as it is an effective physical stimulant by increasing oxygen transportation around the body and delaying time to exhaustion.  For people who can’t, or don’t like to drink or supplement with caffeine, ginseng is a great and healthy way of getting an energy boost, which doesn’t end in a terrifying crash.

Reduce blood sugar levels

Studies on people with type 2 diabetes have found that 12-week supplementation with Ginseng helped to increase insulin release and lower blood sugar levels to the normal range. Daily supplementation with Ginseng is effective at complimenting the action of common diabetes medicines.

Aid weight loss

Its active ingredients known as ‘ginsenocides’, have a chemical structure similar to that of the hormones. Ginsenosides help to regulate the mechanisms of nerves and other bodily functions. In particular, they influence blood pressure and insulin production and help to increase metabolism. Ginseng has also been found to suppress appetite, reducing that mid-evening craving for a cheeky biscuit.

Relieve PMS symptoms

Suffering from premenstrual syndrome can be a monthly nightmare for some, it is characterised by mood swings, cramps and general feelings of abdominal discomfort. Daily Ginseng supplementation has been found to elevate mood, reduce cramping and relieve stress.

Lastly, did you know that ginseng can be great for hair, skin and nails

Ginseng has some pretty amazing benefits when it comes to beauty, particularly for your hair, skin and nails. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Ginseng improves skin regeneration, blood circulation and acts as a detoxifier. These properties help to reduce ageing, increase complexion and give your skin a healthy glow. This genius herb has also been found to improve the health of hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.

What other natural supplements does ginseng work well with?

As a natural supplement, it has been found to work perfectly in conjunction with green tea extract. Try them both today!

References

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