Many people associate ginseng with regions in Asia, but there are actually several types of ginseng and a few of them grow in other areas of the world. One of my favorites, Panax quinquefolius, also known as American ginseng, has actually been enjoyed by Native Americans for centuries as a way to support energy, fertility, and digestion. The long, solid track record has prompted many people to add a ginseng supplement to their diet.
Why American Ginseng Works
Potent chemicals deep within the root of the plant are responsible for its therapeutic benefits. Polysaccharide glycans and ginsenosides are arguably the most important. They’re two special nutrients that kickstart the energy boost for which ginseng is best known.
The Top Benefit of American Ginseng: Energy
American ginseng influences energy metabolism by helping muscles work longer before becoming fatigued. The effect is enhanced by the plant’s calming action. Many people have described it as feeling more energetic while simultaneously feeling more at ease; almost like a ready focus.   
More Benefits of American Ginseng
The benefits of ginseng go well beyond boosting energy…
- Promotes normal blood sugar  
- Boosts the immune system 
- Soothes intestinal irritation 
- Supports normal brain function, memory, and thought  
How to Supplement With American Ginseng
Ginseng is popular and there are a lot of options when choosing a ginseng supplement. There are also a lot of questions to ask. Is it organic? Is it wildcrafted? Are there any unnecessary ingredients? Is the brand transparent about their production process? Does it offer a significant amount of active plant compounds? Do you have individual health concerns? For example, if you take blood thinners, check with your doctor before you take American ginseng.
American ginseng is most effective when combined with other types of ginseng and supportive herbs. If you’re looking for a suggestion, Ginseng Fuzion™ is made with organic American ginseng, organic eleuthero, tienchi ginseng, and wild-crafted jiaogulan. It also contains two other adaptogens, organic ashwagandha and organic maca, that really kick the formula up a notch. The reviews for the product are incredible.
Are you a fan of American ginseng or any other type of ginseng? What effects have you noticed? Leave a comment and share your experience with us!
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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