What You Should Know
Korean Ginseng, also known as Chinese or Asian ginseng, is a plant that grows throughout Asia and Russia. There are several types of ginseng throughout the world but only the Korean variety (panax ginseng) has shown promise as a health supplement.
Most Korean Ginseng preparations are derived from the dried ground root of the plant. It is available in capsules, tinctures, and teas. Korean ginseng has been used to treat many ailments for centuries including immune deficiencies, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, cancer, attention and focus deficits and weight loss.
Clinical studies on the effectiveness of Korean ginseng have had mixed results over time. The most beneficial effects noted have been psychological not physiological. So, for example, concentration, focus, and sexual pleasure all show beneficial effects, but less so with immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects.
Many products are sold labeled as “ginseng” and it is important to know what you are getting. Only panax ginseng has the potential health benefits and typical dosages are 100 to 600 mg per day.
The only ingredient in Korean ginseng is Korean ginseng.
Korean ginseng is included in several weight loss formulations due to its reported ability to boost metabolism. There currently do not appear to be any peer-reviewed studies that support this supposed effect. An increase in metabolism is linked to faster burning of calories and fat. Some people report feeling more alert and focused while taking Korean ginseng, but this does not necessarily equate to a metabolic change. Until more research is done in this area, there is simply not enough information to show that Korean ginseng will help with weight loss. Weight loss products that contain ginseng and caffeine together should be avoided as the combination of the two can cause hypertension.
There are also potential adverse side effects of taking Korean ginseng. Diarrhea, nausea, headaches, blood pressure fluctuations and vaginal bleeding have all been reported. Korean ginseng can also interact with other medications, including warfarin, caffeine, and insulin.
- Natural product.
- Long history of use.
- Clinical research on benefits to weight loss are mixed.
- May cause adverse side effects.
- May not get an effective dose when combined in a weight loss product.
Korean ginseng has been around for hundreds of years and has a long illustrious history in Eastern medicine. While it is attractive to believe that this natural healing botanical can be the “magic pill” for the weight loss industry, clinical research cannot yet back this up with proof. While the occasional cup of ginseng tea may be relaxing and help you to focus, but you may be best to seek proven ingredients in a weight loss product and one manufactured by a company that stands behind its product with clinical research.