Ginseng is a plant that contains compounds called ginsenosides, which help reduce stress, improve immune system health, and increase energy levels. This herb has also been shown to balance cortisol, improve thyroid hormone levels, and improve exercise endurance.
Studies show that ginseng may lower the risk of getting a cold or the flu and may boost the effectiveness of some vaccines. It also appears to reduce blood sugar in people with diabetes.
The root of ginseng is traditionally considered a tonic. However, modern scientists prefer the term adaptogen to describe plants that benefit several body systems simultaneously, helping people cope with stress and improve their mental and physical functioning.
Researchers have found that ginseng can boost libido and sexual interest in men and women. It also increases stamina, prevents diabetes and emphysema, lowers blood pressure, promotes healthy skin, strengthens the immune system, and slows aging.
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