Journal of Phytochemistry
Age plays a part in the price. first or second year growth is cheap while 5-7+ mature or more are worth their weight in gold. The tails or rootlets are considerable cheaper and the dust is used for the common Ginseng tea sold in the supermarkets or added to new age botanicals.
Fermented ginseng offers faster, more consistent absorption compared to non-fermented varieties.
Recent studies have found that 3 grams a day (Panax ginseng) will reduce blood sugar levels in non-insulin using Type 2 diabetics by 50%. There's also some evidence it improves movement in sluggish sperm ( for those infertile couples with this problem)
Because of its hormone attraction Red ginseng seems to slow down the growth of breast cancer women should take Korean Red for only 3 months at a time and then rest because it is high in testosterone and will act like testosterone.
From Medline Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Ginseng has been used as a medicine for over two thousand years. Today, approximately 6 million Americans use it regularly.
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