There are four main types of ginseng in major production today. This article will take a look at red ginseng. Traditional Chinese ginseng, or Panax ginseng is the basis behind red ginseng and they both share the same general benefits. However, by applying a specific temperature we can actually change the physical properties of Panax ginseng which also changes and enhances the effects on the human body. Red ginseng is one of the most popular herbs in the world and is estimated to be used by more than six million people in the United States alone. Initial test results indicate that red ginseng has the ability to stimulate the immune system and regulate blood sugar.
Primarily grown in Korea, red ginseng is created by heating Panax ginseng through a steaming or sun drying process. The roots are then marinated in an herbal brew which not only makes the roots brittle but adds more antioxidants to the final product. The primary goal behind red ginseng is to increase sexual stimulation and overall energy.
For people with type II diabetes and other blood sugar issues, red ginseng can often be used as an alternative to other methods of regulating blood sugar, such as sugar free diets and even insulin. While not potent enough for people with type I diabetes, those with a milder form of type II often take it on a regular basis to keep blood sugar levels under control. The added energy also provides for a better workout regimen which usually leads to even better regulation of blood sugar.
The biggest potential that red ginseng has today is for treating male erectile dysfunction. A 2002 Korean study showed that 60% of participants had encountered reduced dysfunction.
While all ginseng roots are said to have elements that contribute to reducing the risk of cancer, red ginseng is said to be one of the best types to help prevent the deadly disease. Studies on rats have shown that while both white and red ginseng can help reduce these incidents, red ginseng has a greater chance of preventing cancer over longer periods of time, which makes it so valuable in the market today.