Korean ginseng is a traditional herbal medicine from East Asia, often found in the mountains around Korea, China and Russia. Korean ginseng comes in two types, namely white and unsteamed and red and steamed.
There are perhaps few herbs that are as prized for their purported health benefits as ginseng. It is said to be high in antioxidants and support immunity. The use of ginseng is well documented in Asian history.
In particular, Korean red ginseng (Korean ginseng that has been steamed and dried in heat or sunlight) is known to contain the highest number of ginsenoside species compared to other types of ginseng.
Steamed and red Korean ginseng have higher anti-inflammatory properties due to the steaming process. Korean ginseng tastes slightly sweet and will taste bitter after consumption.
- Maintaining blood sugar levels in diabetics
Korean ginseng is able to maintain blood sugar levels in healthy and diabetics. Ginsenoside compounds in Korean ginseng, which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, are said to be able to overcome diabetes.
- Improving Cognitive Function
Consumption of Korean ginseng, with its antioxidant compounds, may help improve cognitive function, especially in the elderly. In fact, regular consumption of Korean ginseng for 12 weeks can improve cognitive performance in Alzheimer’s patients.
- Overcome Eczema
In a test tube test, Korean ginseng was shown to be effective in reducing inflammation and increasing antioxidant activity in the skin cells of eczema sufferers.
In addition, Korean ginseng is believed to reduce oxidative stress by increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes.
- Reduce Fatigue Due to Multiple Sclerosis
One of the effects of multiple sclerosis is to cause fatigue in the body. Regular consumption of Korean ginseng is believed to reduce fatigue in women with multiple sclerosis.
- Improve Brain Functions
Ginseng may help improve brain functions such as memory, behavior and mood. Some test tube and animal studies show that components of ginseng, such as ginsenosides and compound K, may protect the brain from free radical damage