Why Ginseng Is One of the Most Powerful Food for Your Health

Ginseng is nowadays one of the most popular herbal medicines and aromatic used in the world. It’s been used in Asia and America for centuries now thanks to its amazing health benefits.

This incredible herbal medicine is an adaptogenic plant. It means that it’s an herbal remedies that has the power to make you more resilient to mental, physical, and environmental stress.

Indeed, ginseng benefits are amazing. For example (to only name a few), ginseng stimulates your immune system, helps you fight anxiety, and improves your brain functions. Basically, ginseng is a power food!

In this article, you’ll get to know everything about ginseng history, different species, nutrition facts, and amazing health benefits! Plus, you’ll be able to try out some tasty recipes listed at the end 🙂

Note: Be careful not to confused ginger and ginseng. Ginger root and ginseng root are not the same at all. Indeed, ginger is another plant than ginseng and has completely different health benefits!

Aromatic, Medicinal, and Aphrodisiac Properties

Since ancient times, this root has been used for its aromatic and medicinal properties. It’s even mentioned in some chinese and indian ancient stories. Other civilisations used ginseng such as Greeks and Romans; who imported it more than 2000 years ago. European had to wait until the end of the 13th centuries to know ginseng, which became really appreciated and a sophisticated food.

It also owes its success to one of its properties as ginseng is supposed to be an aphrodisiac! After his time of glory, ginseng was slowly phased out. It’s only until recently that ginseng reborns from its ashes.

Asia and American Ginseng: the True Ones

There are 2 main species of ginseng: the Asian (also called Red ginseng) and American ones. It’s important to note that the true ginseng plant belongs to the the genus Panax family, which means “all heal” in Greek. The unique and beneficial compounds of this family are called ginsenosides. Both Asian and American species contain ginsenosides, but in different types and amounts.

Other adaptogenic herbs also known as ginseng, which are not part of the genus Panax family, offers similar properties. It includes: Siberian ginseng, Indian ginseng, and Brazilian ginseng (also called Suma root).

All About Ginseng Plant

The aerial part of the plant can heigh up to 1.5 meters. Ginseng is a tuberous rhizome, which basically means “root”. The edible part is from the underground part of the plant, which is called rhizome. Plant grows up as rhizomes multiplied. They are fleshy and can be either yellow, white, or red depending on the variety.

Its pulp has a strong peppery taste and is a bit spicy. It’s usually covered up of a small peel, which you can eat if the rhizome is still young and fresh.

Ginseng Nutrition Facts

Ginseng main active components is called ginsenosides. These compounds have been shown to be responsible for almost all health benefits of ginseng, which are listed below.

Top Health Benefits of Ginseng

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Be careful as there are some possible side effect of consuming ginseng. Indeed, it can irritate your digestive system if you eat too much of it. Also, as ginseng is a booster, it can cause insomnia.

Tips to Buy, Store, and Cook Ginseng

You can buy ginseng fresh, dried, or canned. If you choose to buy it fresh, select a firm rhizome with no mould.

Fresh ginseng root can be stored in the fridge for about a week. Only peel it when you use it. If you prefer, you can also keep it in your freezer. Canned ginseng must be contained in your fridge once you opened it. Lastly, it’s best to store grounded ginseng in an airtight bag in a cool and dry place.

Before using ginseng roots, always wash them with water. Ginseng is mainly used in tea or decoction. You can also add it to some soup, juice, or snacks.

If you need some inspiration, try out these amazing ginseng recipes below. If you do so, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment or tag us on Instagram 🙂

3 Ways to Use Ginseng in Smoothie, Tea, and Juice

Tropical Ginseng Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is perfect whether you're feeling sluggish, fatigued, run-down or tired. Ginseng root will restore and enhance your immune system and mood!

Prep Time5 mins
Ingredients
 235 ml coconut water
 ½ cup fresh mango
 ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
 ½ tsp ginseng powder
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 Pinch of nutmeg

Ingredients

Ingredients
 235 ml coconut water
 ½ cup fresh mango
 ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
 ½ tsp ginseng powder
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

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This smoothie recipe is perfect whether you're feeling sluggish, fatigued, run-down or tired. Ginseng root will restore and enhance your immune system and mood!

Tropical Ginseng Smoothie

Get the recipe here

Ginseng Tea Recipe

This tea is perfect if you're feeling down and need a booster. Ginseng root will not only boost your metabolism, but also your brain functions.

Prep Time5 mins
Ingredients
 68 slices of ginseng root
 honey to taste
 235 ml water

Ingredients

Ingredients
 68 slices of ginseng root
 honey to taste
 235 ml water

Directions

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This tea is perfect if you're feeling down and need a booster. Ginseng root will not only boost your metabolism, but also your brain functions.

Ginseng Tea Recipe

Get the recipe here

Ginseng Chicken Soup

This hot, steaming, delicious Korean dish features a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, and jujube. If you have a cold, feel a little bit anxious and stressed, this is the perfect meal for you.

Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins
Ingredients
 2 cornish hens
 ½ cup cup short grain rice
 2 fresh ginseng roots, washed
 2 large dried jujubes, washed
 16 garlic cloves, washed
 2 green onions, chopped
 salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 cornish hens
 ½ cup cup short grain rice
 2 fresh ginseng roots, washed
 2 large dried jujubes, washed
 16 garlic cloves, washed
 2 green onions, chopped
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

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This hot, steaming, delicious Korean dish features a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, and jujube. If you have a cold, feel a little bit anxious and stressed, this is the perfect meal for you.

Ginseng Chicken Soup

Get the recipe here