Ginseng is being used as a supplement and a food ingredient and have a positive effect on human health. It has been used for years and years as a food supplement in the form of pills, capsules, tea, extract and as an ingredient in foods. It is also used in different drinks and cocktails. The word ginseng has been originated from the Chinese language word that is divided into two words. The meaning of the first word is “person” and the second word stands for “plant root”. The plant is named after its appearance as its roots split up into two and look like legs of a person.
Ginseng as an adaptogen
Food supplements have been used to fulfil necessary nutritional deficiencies. They help body to get essential nutrients that we are not taking in the form of healthy diet. High quality ginseng is considered as one of the most studied and most popular adaptogens. An adaptogens are the herbs that helps body to fight against harmful effects of stress and helps to increase normal brain functioning.
Qualities of ginseng as an adaptogen
Not every herb is adaptogen. In order for a herb to be considered as an adaptogen the herb should have the following qualities:
It should be non-toxic, and can be used for a long period of time without any harmful side effects and it should not be an addiction for a person taking it
Helps body to defend against physical, chemical and biological stressors
Helps to normalize body functioning