SAFAKNA TURKEY – Nutrition and diet specialist Ayşegül Akkaya Erden shared wonderful information about the ginseng plant, which is used for medicinal purposes. Dietitian Erden stated that the sweet fragrant ginseng plant has two varieties: “Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng)” and “Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng)”. Stating that ginseng’s effects include improved mental performance, increased learning, memory, and sensory perception, nutritionist Erden said, “Furthermore, ginsenosides in its structure have a steroid-like effect that reduces inflammation in the body. Ginseng also has important benefits such as strengthening immunity, increasing body resistance and energy storage.
“BALANCES BLOOD SUGAR”
Emphasizing that ginseng balances blood sugar levels, nutritionist Erden said: “High levels of oxidative stress, exercise, adverse environmental conditions, drugs, smoking, alcohol, inadequate and unhealthy diet cause an increase in blood sugar levels. Ginseng reduces oxidative stress in people with diabetes. At the same time, the ginsenosides found in ginseng improve glucose uptake and ensure the presence of glucose in the blood and use it as energy. This shows that ginseng can be extremely beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.”
Claiming that the minerals in its composition strengthen the immune system, nutritionist Erden also said that a clinical study showed that ginseng extract can enhance the effect of vaccines used against viral infections such as influenza. He also added that ginseng has a positive effect on brain function and behavior through cells that reduce mental fatigue, as well as improve memory and improve mood.
“POSSIBLE TO BREW AND DRINK AS TEA”
Dietitian Erden stated that ginseng, which can be ingested in a variety of ways, can be consumed raw or lightly steamed: “You can try the forms of ginseng consumption to find the most suitable way for your taste. One way is to drink ginseng in the form of a tea by boiling it in water. To do this, pour pieces of ginseng with hot water and wait for it to infuse for several minutes. One other method is to add ginseng extract, which can be found in powder, tablet, capsule, and oil form, to various recipes.
“THIS MAY HAVE SIDE EFFECTS LIKE HEADACHE, TROUBLES WITH SLEEP”
Dietitian Erden noted that ginseng can cause side effects such as “headache, sleep problems, digestive problems, sudden changes in blood sugar levels, diarrhea, heart palpitations, skin reaction, breast enlargement, and vaginal bleeding in women.” . consult a nutritionist to decide the amount.
He also recommended that people taking diabetes medication closely monitor their blood sugar levels when consuming ginseng, as ginseng can change the mechanism of action of anticoagulants and use it carefully.