Benefits And Side Effects Of Ginseng

As a common herbal medicine used in may traditional herbal remedies, ginseng is a perennial mainly growing in Eastern Asian countries like China and Korea. Today there are many types of ginseng in the world including American ginseng, Asian ginseng and so on. The roots of the ginseng plants contain some special bioactive compounds called ginsenosides. It is capable of regulating physiological functionality of the human body. As a main ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine, it is also used for the treatment of different diseases in many Asian countries. Recent studies showed that ginseng has a number of new health benefits for our health. On the other hand, there were also some events reported that taking ginseng supplements many have some side effects as well.

Benefits of ginseng
Currently most ginseng supplement capsules or pills found in the market are mainly made from plant roots of Panax ginseng extract. Thanks to the active compounds called ginsenosides, drinking ginseng tea will bring many benefits for your health such as stress reduction. Moreover, regular consumption of ginsenosides can effectively prevent excessive secretion of glucocorticoids and play an important role in relieving the anxiety symptoms.

Apart from that, ginseng is widely used in the treatment of a variety of disorders including indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It can also help to increase appetite, enhance the functionality of the immune system and improve blood circulation. Some people also use it to improve short memory and draw attention. In addition, ginseng can also facilitate the process of dieting by enhancing the speed of the metabolism in the body to help lose weight. So it can be used as an important part of weight-loss diet recipes.

Ginseng side effects
Although ginseng have many benefits for our health, they have some side effects as well. Nervousness, insomnia and irritability are the most common symptoms when taking too much of this herb. This is because that ginseng has some strong stimulating effects which can make people being excited. However, over amount of consumption can cause nervousness, insomnia and other issues related with the nerves.

Generally, it is not common to have serious side effects when taking ginseng in a regular dosage. However, excessive intake can lead to headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure, breast pain, insomnia, low blood pressure and stomach problems. Diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite are also some common gastrointestinal side effects of taking too much ginseng. Moreover, some people will have problems of irregular heartbeat and even bleed from the nose.

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