American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is an herb that is native to eastern North America.
Since the 18th century, American ginseng (P. quinquefolius) has been primarily exported to Asia, where it is highly valued for its cooling and sedative medicinal effects.
Traditionally, American ginseng root was used as an ingredient in the preparation of tea and soups; however, recent breakthroughs in extraction and concentration methods have produced ginseng extract with higher potencies that are available in liquid extract concentrates and capsules.
American ginseng plant root contains ginseng saponins, which are natural plant chemical components called ginsenosides. Up to now, there are more than 87 different kinds of American ginseng ginsenosides have been identified and which contributed to multiple health benefits.
American ginseng roots also contain NAG polysaccharides (American ginseng polysaccharides) which is found mainly inside the body of ginseng roots and it is contributed to boost immune functions.
American ginseng is considered to represent the cooling “yin” qualities, and Rb1 group of ginsenosides rich in American ginseng is considered to be responsible. In the meantime, Asian ginseng embodies the warmer aspects of “yang” and it comes higher in the Rg1 group of ginsenosides.
The Rb1/Rg1 ratio is used as the determining factor to distinguish between American ginseng and Asian ginseng.
Key American Ginseng Benefits towards General Wellness
Clinical studies have shown that American ginseng extract stimulates the immune system, improves mental and physical performance, reduces fatigue, supports healthy glucose regulation and improves general quality of life. Here are a few details about how ginseng can help improve your overall health and wellness