Today, we want to highlight one of our personal immune-boosting favorites: Ginseng! Yes, we know that here at Tanasi we’re known for our high-quality, full-spectrum CBD formula products, and they get a lot of attention from our customers. But, we also produce some of the best Red Ginseng on the market, and it has its own super passionate following.
What’s Ginseng Good For?
What is red ginseng good for, you may be asking? Well, the answer is a lot of things. But one of its most powerful properties is a very timely one—ginseng is a powerful immune-boosting plant. And, thanks to increasing concerns regarding the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, it’s one you’ll likely want to explore…quickly! So, let’s help you dive in by exploring red ginseng’s rich medicinal history.
From Plant Matter to Immune-Boosting Medicine
Long before ginseng was valued as one of the best immune boosters around, it was just a plant, native to countries like Korea, Russia, and China. Pretty quickly, however, thanks to traditional Chinese medicine,red ginseng—especially the Korean variety—gained recognition for its ability to boost health and heal existing ailments.
But how do we transform a ginseng plant into a healing immune-boosting supplement? In order to extract its bioactive properties, you process ginseng root using steam heat and drying or fermentation. (For our Tanasi products, we use a University-developed, proprietary extraction process that delivers optimal benefits in our supplements.)
Once processed, Tanasi’s red ginseng is a strong immune-boosting supplement. In fact, it’s right up there with—if not superior to—Vitamin C. Now, we certainly can’t guarantee that taking ginseng will protect you from a global pandemic. What we can say, however, is that studies show taking ginseng root enhances the effect of your flu vaccine and increases the ability of your immune system to combat flu and colds.
Plus, studies involving people with compromised immune systems showed that, after just three months, taking a daily red ginseng supplement produced measurable boosts in immunity. Not to mention a dramatic reduction in symptoms of infection. In other words, whether you’re facing a quickly-spreading, threatening virus—or just hoping to avoid the common cold—embracing the ginseng plant will help you fight the good fight. And that’s not all that ginseng is good for: just keep reading to fall in love further! (Thank you @batcavebotanicals for use of the photo and inspiration for our hugging Ginseng)
Fighting the Damage of Daily Living
Right now, we’re excited about using red ginseng to protect us from infection. But ginseng isn’t just keeping things out of your body. It’s also waging war against some of our bodies’ worst internal problems. In fact, ginseng fights stress, anxiety, and inflammation, all known causes of long-term, chronic illness. Taking ginseng root also helps lower your blood sugar, meaning this immune-boosting supplement could be a powerful tool against this country’s diabetes epidemic. (Just be aware that, if you’re already taking diabetes medication, you shouldn’t consume ginseng without your doctor’s approval. It could actually drop your blood sugar to dangerously low levels—now that’s a powerful plant!)
And, guess what: we’re still not done spotlighting our Korean red ginseng. There’s one more thing we simply have to mention: studies point to ginseng as a memory, mood and even behavior booster. In other words, ginseng is the healthier-and-happier supplement. Who wouldn’t sign up for that?
Why is Ginseng a Premium Product?
Ginseng root has to mature while growing for several years—typically five or six—before we can use it for supplementation. Because of its lengthy growing process, red ginseng often commands premium prices. But it also delivers all the crucial immune-boosting benefits we just reviewed.
Once we harvest and process ginseng roots, we extract its ‘polysaccharides’—the particles that give this plant its strength. And, while the FDA hasn’t yet approved red ginseng as an official medication for any one condition, there’s lots of science to back up its use as an immune and memory booster, and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
So, how can you incorporate Korean red ginseng into your daily routine? Since our Tanasi ginseng immune-boosting supplement comes in an easily-digested gelatin capsule, you can simply swallow your daily dosage anywhere—with or without a beverage.
In some instances, red ginseng may interact with certain medications, so consult with your health care provider before beginning a new immune-boosting supplementation routine. We also suggest taking your dose earlier in the day, as ginseng taken in the late afternoon or evening may impact your sleep. Barring those precautions, red ginseng is a great place to start, even if you’re new to supplementation. Just find the dose and routine that works for you, and we’re confident you’ll embrace our ginseng in the same way you’ve fallen for our range of CBD products!