7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Ginseng

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: General Health, Supplementation
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The ancient Chinese considered ginseng a tonic, or a substance that improves overall physical and mental "tone." Because they didn't have the benefit of high-tech instruments and laboratories, Chinese doctors had to measure the effects of ginseng by monitoring subtle changes in the body after ingestion of the herb, such as changes in acupuncture energies, pulse, color, etc. More than 1,000 clinical studies have confirmed ginseng's ability to increase energy levels and stamina.

Ginseng Can Also Be Used in the Management of:

  • Erectile Dysfunction: A good dosage would be five to six grams of L-arginine used along with one to two grams of high-quality ginseng powder.
  • Heart Protection: Taking ginseng can also help the heart in two ways: First, it improves blood flow to the muscle in times of low oxygen. Second, the Chinese have found that ginseng has antioxidants that combat free radical injury to the heart muscle.
  • Healthy Blood Flow: Ginseng reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, which allows for increased blood flow and lowers the chances of blood clots.
  • Immune Function: Several studies have shown that ginseng significantly increases the number and activity of disease-fighting white blood cells in young and elderly patients.
  • Cancer: Korean researchers tested various forms of ginseng and its effects on cancer. In practically every case, the overall cancer risk dropped in patients taking ginseng extracts or whole ginseng powders. Ginseng was particularly effective at lowering the risk of cancers of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, liver, pancreas, lung and ovaries.
  • Diabetes: Research discovered that patients who were given ginseng experienced an elevated mood, improved psychophysical performance, and reduced fasting blood sugar levels and body weight.

Many of you may already be taking Siberian ginseng on a daily basis to increase energy levels. The dosage I recommend for this type is 200 to 300 milligrams. Because each type of ginseng contains its own unique and beneficial compounds, I also suggest that you take 50 to 150 milligrams of the Korean variety (Panax). Many multinutrient formulas are starting to include ginseng, but usually just the Siberian type. If you're taking a multi, check the label carefully to see whether you need to add both types or just Panax.

Now it's your turn: Do you take ginseng and how has it helped you?

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