Ginseng is a plant, and one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world.
Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
This slow-growing, short plant with fleshy roots can be classified three ways, depending on how long it is grown: fresh, white or red.
Fresh ginseng is harvested before 4 years, while white ginseng is harvested between 4–6 years and red ginseng is harvested after 6 or more years.
Ginseng contains two significant compounds: ginsenosides and gintonin. These compounds complement one another to provide health benefits.
Ginseng has traditionally been used for a number of medical conditions. These include:
Regulate blood sugar
Improve focus and help with dementia
Ginseng has also been studied as a way to improve mood and boost endurance as well as treat:
High blood pressure