Here’s a delicious way to get more of this healthy ingredient in your life.
Ginseng has long been used in Asian and Western herbal medicine for everything from reduced stress to increased stamina. It’s anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants, with cell studies demonstrating its potential cancer-fighting abilities. Some people find ginseng overly stimulating if taken in high doses or in the evening, and health experts advise against long-term use, especially in high doses.
There are two main types of ginseng: Asian ginseng (<Panax ginseng>) and American ginseng (<Panax quinquefolius>). So-called “Siberian ginseng” (<Eleutherococcus senticosus>) is a different plant entirely; its correct name is actually eleuthero. Look for sustainable versions of ginseng online or in natural health food and Asian herbal medicine shops.
Ginseng has a slightly bitter flavor and is traditionally steeped in a tea with honey and lemon or simmered in soup. This simple breakfast or snack recipe reinvents the ginseng and honey pairing (and is even better enjoyed with a cup of lemon herbal tea).