Green Tea With Ginseng Benefits
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Do you know how to drink green tea with ginseng for maximum benefits? There are 3 types of ginseng, each has its own medicinal properties.



Green tea ranks among plants with one of the highest antioxidants content.

Many experts believe that antioxidants slow down aging, prevent heart disease, strokes and cancers. Unsurprisingly, preliminary scientific studies have found green tea to be anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer.

Ginseng is highly prized by the Chinese and is widely regarded as the King of herbs.

A wild ginseng harvested from the Chang Bai Mountain in the snowy Northern China can reach half a meter long and cost upwards of thousands of dollars.

Scientists have shown that ginseng makes the body more resistant to disease, restores virility, increases general vitality and reduces stress. So, isn't it a win-win to drink green tea with ginseng?

Before you rush out and buy one today, consider this: both green tea and ginseng are herbs with their own pharmaceutical properties. It is worth learning how to select the highest quality ginseng best suited for your physiology.


Types Of Ginseng

There are 3 types of ginseng.

Panax Ginseng

benefits of green tea with ginsengCommonly known as the Chinese or Korean ginseng, Panax ginseng is grown in Northern China, Korea and Japan.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Panax ginseng promotes Yang energy and stimulates the body.

There are 2 varieties of Panax ginseng:

White Panax Ginseng

Grown for 4 to 6 years, this Panax Ginseng is white because it has been peeled before being sun dried.

Red Panax Ginseng

Grown for more than 6 years, this Panax Ginseng is red because it is steamed before being dried.

Red Panax ginseng is older and more potent than white ginseng. Because it is not peeled when undergoing steaming, more beneficial compounds remain.

Panax Quinquefolius

Commonly known as the American ginseng, Panax Quinquefolius is grown in United States’ Wisconsin, Canada’s Ontario and British Columbia, and recently China.

Unlike its East Asian cousin, American ginseng promotes Ying Energy and calms the body. Its soothing property makes it popular even to the Chinese people.

Eleutherococcus Senticosus

Commonly known as Siberian ginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus is grown in Russia.

Siberian ginseng is not a true ginseng as it belongs to a different family or genus. Ginseng contains a compound called ginsenosides; Siberian ginseng contains eleutherosides. Nevertheless, it has some health benefits.

Siberian ginseng is cheaper than Panax ginseng, which causes unscrupulous companies to market it as another ginseng. Check your product label. Always go for Panax ginseng if you can.

Which ginseng you prefer is really a matter of personal choice.

If you prefer something more stimulating, go for the Panax or Korean ginseng. If you prefer something more soothing, go for the American ginseng.


Type of Green Tea

benefits of green tea with ginsengDrinking green tea with ginseng is only as healthy as the quality of the tea leaves that go into the product.

According to the 2007 US Department of Agriculture report, regular tea is the healthiest.

100 milliliters of regular green tea contains 127 milligrams of catechins, tea compounds to which experts attributed most of green tea health benefits.

Flavored green tea has only 43 milligrams. It seems that the longer tea has been processed, the more nutrients it loses.

Put in another way, manufacturers who sell you flavored green tea are unlikely to use the highest grade leaves. This is because the ginseng flavors allow them to get away with lower quality leaves.

Of course, you may know of a reputable brand who sells top quality green tea with ginseng.

Alternatively, buy loose green tea and ginseng powders standalone. Then brew your tea hot and add the ginseng powders to taste.

One word of caution. Ginseng is a root, just like a carrot is. In China, folk wisdom says that one should not eat a carrot after taking ginseng. It is believed that doing so would undo many of its health benefits.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, another of the benefits of green tea with ginseng (the Panax variety) is that it increases men's fertility.

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References

Wikipedia, Ginseng, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginseng. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginseng

US Department of Agriculture. USDA Database for the Flavanoids Content of Selected Foods Release 2.1. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/Flav/Flav02-1.pdf

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