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Red Ginseng Tea
Ginseng, botanically known as Panax meaning 'All Heal' in Greek is a perennial plant with a fleshy root. This plant primarily grows in the northern hemisphere in countries such as China, Vietnam and Korea. Ginseng roots are consumed orally and is usually obtained in dry powered form. It is also consumed as hot tea. Nowadays Ginseng Tea is becoming more and more popular as a herbal health drink all over the world.
Ginseng is considered to be an adaptogen which is a substance that increases the bodies ability to deal with stress. It also has antioxidant properties that help fight free radical damage which in turn helps in the prevention of cancer and premature aging.
There are different kinds of ginseng and the red ginseng is popular as it is classified as a "Generally Recognized As Safe" foods of GARS by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Red Ginseng is harvested after 6 years and has either been steamed or sun dried. It is marinated in a herbal brew that causes ginseng to become brittle. It is believed to have a positive effect on energy and also increases sexual function.
Red ginseng tea is said to have healing and energy giving properties. This health benefits are due to the presence of natural chemicals called 'Ginsenosides' or 'Panaxosides' in the root. It has been part of the Asian medicine for thousands of years. It also has properties that boost the immune system. This tea has been used for many years in Southeast Asia and found to stimulate brain function and ward off fatigue. It is also found to protect the liver and regulate blood sugar and heart functions.
Preparation of the tea: About five or six slices of raw ginseng root are required to male a cup of tea. The raw tea should be steeped for five minutes or more for it provide the healing effects. The longer the steeping the more stronger is the tea. It can be sweetened with sugar or honey.
The various studies conducted show that red ginseng tea can be used to treat impotence and it can be effective in treating males for erectile dysfunction. It also has a positive effect on postoperative immunity and survival in patients with gastric cancer, it also reduces the incidence of cancer. The American Society for Nutrition have found that the red ginseng tea provides enough anti inflammatory properties while being potentially beneficial for a number of diseases.