This ‘Exotic’ Ginseng Works Tirelessly to Help Your Body Manage Stress
Everyday stresses and strains can sometimes make you feel like you’re running an endless marathon. And perhaps even make you appear older than you truly are. Isn’t it time you offered your body and brain a balancing, helping hand with what many experts believe to be the world’s most powerful adaptogenic herb?
When buying ginseng, people often make two mistakes. The first one is choosing the wrong type. While there are at least three different kinds of ginseng – American, Korean and Siberian – and they may look like closely related cousins, their actions in your body vary greatly.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ancient medical system that’s been using ginseng for over 5,000 years, these are some important ways two of the types differ:
- American ginseng functions primarily as a “cooling” and calming tonic for frazzled nerves and related conditions
- Korean (also known as Asian or Panax) ginseng is considered a “heating” mild stimulant that has been traditionally used for promoting overall wellness and healthy aging
- Siberian or Eleuthero, as well as other “ginsengs” like Prince, Indian and Brazilian, aren’t true ginseng as they don’t contain the same valuable health-supporting compounds
- Traditional herbalists have long believed ginseng root offers value for your entire body.
Fermented Ginseng: Increased Absorption. Faster Absorption. More Consistent Absorption
Scientists have learned how to potentially help improve the way ginseng is absorbed by your body.
Using a proprietary enzyme fermentation process, they’ve been able to create a ginseng extract that acts like it’s already been metabolized in your large intestine.
So, instead of passing right through your stomach and small intestine, fermented ginseng is ready to be absorbed when you take it.
In fact, fermented ginseng provides:
- Increased absorption over non-fermented extract
- Faster absorption
- More consistent absorption
You’ve probably talk about fermented foods and their immense benefits on your health, and this fermented ginseng is no exception.
Why Choose Korean Over American Ginseng?
One of the key differences between Korean and American ginseng is in how they affect your central nervous system (CNS). Both Korean and American ginsengs have active compounds known as ginsenosides and saponins. Korean ginseng also contains glycans, polysaccharides, peptides, B vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils.
There are eight major ginsenosides that contribute to ginseng’s actions and, depending on the type Korean or American; their levels vary.
For example, one important ginsenoside, Rg1, is a CNS stimulant, fatigue fighter and performance booster. Korean ginseng has high-levels, but the American variety contains very little.
Not surprising, much of the research done on ginseng has been done with Panax or Korean ginseng. Here are some of the potential benefits attributed to this variety:
- Assists your body in managing everyday stress
- Supports your ability to resist fatigue to give you more energy and endurance
- Promotes healthy ageing and overall wellness
- Supports adrenal function
- May support heart health
- Helps support healthy glucose regulation
- May support healthy normal cholesterol levels
- May support healthy brain and neurological function
- Helps boost alertness, focus, memory and learning
- Helps support a normal inflammatory response
- May support healthy cell division and growth
- Helps support immune function
- May help protect cellular DNA
- May help support healthy male sexual function and performance
- Helps promote a positive mood and overall well-being, especially among menopausal women
While American and even Siberian ginsengs may offer value for certain applications, Dr Mercola believes the abundant ginsenosides in Korean ginseng offer research-backed potential benefits above and beyond other types of ginseng.
Could Korean Ginseng Replace Your Morning Cup of ‘Joe?’
Many people swear by their morning cup of coffee with some people claiming they can’t function without it. At the same time, not everyone appreciates its effects. In sensitive individuals, the caffeine in coffee, tea and other beverages can cause the jitters, heartburn, stomach upset, headache, insomnia and even a racing heart and breathing rate. And surely no one loves its crash-and-burn energy!
Because Korean ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, it can help restore your body’s natural homeostatic balance and optimise its ability to resist fatigue, stress and trauma without the use of caffeine.
How does a simple herb like ginseng do this, you might be wondering?
Through its balancing influence on your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, studies show how Korean ginseng supports immune function, improves mental and physical performance, reduces fatigue, supports healthy glucose regulation, all while helping to improve your overall quality of life.
The Second Mistake Many People Make When Buying Ginseng
As previously mentioned people often make two mistakes when buying ginseng. The first is choosing the wrong type. Many people erroneously believe ginseng is ginseng!
You just can’t expect to get the same types or levels of benefits from American or Siberian ginseng as you potentially can from Korean ginseng.
The second mistake? Many people believe all ginsengs, even all Korean or Panax ginsengs are equally potent. Another false belief. Korean ginseng supplements are made from the ginseng root, and its long, thin offshoots called root hairs. However, it’s what you do with the plant that really matters.
Three things can have a tremendous impact on the quality and potency of ginseng and its valuable ginsenosides:
- Harvest time – The maximum accumulation of ginsenosides occurs between the fourth and fifth years of growth. If you harvest plants too early, the roots may be less potent, and if too late, the roots can become woody and fibrous and begin to lose key nutrients.
- Peeling – Peeling removes minor rootlets, hairs and shoots which may contain key bioactive compounds. You want unpeeled, intact roots!
- Processing – A high-heat steaming process can eliminate or denature many of ginseng’s natural vitamins, amino acids and organic compounds.
Red Korean Ginseng vs. White Korean Ginseng – Which One Should You Choose?
As if all the different types of ginseng weren’t confusing enough, there’s one more factor you need to know about. There are two types of Korean ginseng…
- Red Korean ginseng is ginseng root that has been peeled, heated (usually steamed at high temperatures) and then dried.
- White Korean ginseng is processed without heat and is air-dried.
A study comparing the ginsenoside content of the two types revealed a higher level of ginsenosides in the white ginseng extract. Its level of ginsenoside Rg1 – the indicator of its anti-fatigue activity was three or four times higher!
While this may not apply to all white ginseng, the results from this study are worth considering.
In traditional Korean medicine, white ginseng, as an adaptogen, helps boost the body’s resistance to stress (both physical and mental), helps increase energy and supports a number of body functions.
And depending upon your needs, through its balancing effects, white ginseng can either help stimulate or help relax your body’s systems!
The Fermented Difference: How Enzyme Fermentation Helps Pave the Path for Increased Absorption
In the normal digestive process, food moves from your stomach to your small intestine and on to your large intestine. Typically, most absorption takes place in your stomach and small intestine. However, research shows that many of ginseng’s most valuable compounds the ginsenosides pass right through your stomach and small intestines without being digested or absorbed.
Ginsenosides are very hard to break down with gastric juices or liver enzymes. However, when they reach your large intestine or colon, your body’s beneficial bacteria are able to metabolise, or ferment, the ginsenosides into more bio-available metabolites.
However, that’s if you have enough beneficial bacteria in your gut. Many people don’t.
But, by then it may be too late anyway. The ginsenosides have already bypassed your stomach and small intestine. Now they are on their way to being eliminated from your body. By fermenting the ginseng in advance, you simulate the actions of a healthy gut metabolise the ginsenosides into usable metabolites for your body to absorb.
In other words, fermentation transforms the ginseng into a form that acts like it’s already been metabolized in your large intestine! So, instead of passing through your stomach and small intestine undigested, it’s ready to be absorbed when you take it.
Not only may fermented ginseng be more absorbable, recent studies show ginsenoside metabolites have greater biological effects than ginsenosides.
With Dr Mercola’s Fermented Ginseng with authentic patented GS15-4 Korean Panax Ginseng
This is a high-quality Korean ginseng supplement that you can depend upon for the benefits you need most. This Fermented Korean Ginseng stands apart for a number of reasons. Not only do we avoid the common mistakes others make, we utilise fermentation techniques for even greater potential benefits.
GS15-4 is a patented form of Korean Panax Ginseng extract produced using a breakthrough technology that takes advantage of enzyme fermentation.
With this high-yield enzyme fermentation process, you end up with the active compounds transformed into bio-available, end-stage metabolites, mimicking the fermentation environment of your colon.
Three additional key factors make this ginseng exceptional:
- White ginseng roots are harvested at their optimum time between the fourth and fifth year (as opposed to too young or too old ginseng roots)
- The whole unpeeled ginseng root is used, root hairs and shoots included
- Proprietary low heat vacuum extraction maintains the vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients, including the valuable organic mineral, Germanium, that’s typically lost with traditional high-heat processing
And because of the low heat and the use of the rootlets, our white ginseng extract concentrate has as much as 2 to 3 times more ginsenosides than red ginseng extract concentrate!
This unique ginseng extract delivers ginseng with higher efficacy, more consistent absorption and with our liquid form option, better taste than other ginseng extracts.
Your gut can potentially absorb 15 times more GS15-4 extract compared to regular non-fermented ginseng extract. And absorb it four times faster!
Isn’t It Time You Offered Your Body and Brain a Helping Hand With What Life Tosses Your Way?
Daily stresses and strains are a natural part of life – there’s no escaping them. However, you can help your body deal with life’s stressors and to help minimise their negative effects that can leave you looking and feeling older than you truly are.
Through its balancing effects, Fermented Ginseng can help you feel more energetic and alert and more in control. When you support your body’s natural homeostatic balance, you help strengthen your body’s and brain’s ability to manage everyday stress.
And when you are more in control, that resilience can have a ripple effect throughout your entire body, affecting your tissues and organs down to the cellular level!