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What to Know About Ginseng

Ginseng can be described as a short plant with green oval-shaped leaves and finder shaped roots that are light colored. Just like many other plants, ginseng also exist in different varieties including American, Korean, Asian ginseng. In particular, American and Asian ginseng are known to contain ingredients that help to increase energy levels, reduce stress and fatigue, lower blood sugars hence helping in control of diabetes. Reducing levels of cholesterol and helping men with fertility issues and low libido are some of the other health benefits of the American and Asian ginseng. Some American states have barred the harvesting of ginseng using laws and regulations. The overharvesting is feared to cause the extinction of the plant as the demand is high compared to what the land is able to produce. To some, even the wild ginseng found in the forest is only harvested by individuals or firms that are licenced.

Ginseng contains medicinal value that helps in control of many health conditions hence the much fame and demand. The chemical contained in ginseng known as ginsenosides is known to produce the medicinal value hence making the plant popular.

Wisconsin, one of the cities in America is one of the places where the best quality of ginseng is grown in large scale. Statistics in America show that 95% of the ginseng produced in America is grown in this city and that the farmers there have a wide range of experience with growing ginseng. Ginseng growing maybe difficult compared to growing other crops due to its reaction to adverse weather conditions such as extreme heat and much cold. Even more, ginseng plants takes a relatively longer time to mature compared to normal plants as it takes on average four years to be harvested. In these four years, the ginseng plant have to be protected from any harsh conditions including heat and cold that are in excess measures. Once the roots are harvested, they have to be placed in low temperatures for one to two weeks, later washed and then sorted to remove any unrequired parts. After the cleaning, the roots require drying to remove any waters that could them to go bad prior to transportation to the market or shorten the shelf life of the end product.

Ginseng roots are either sold as roots to take in tea or can be ground into powder which is then used to make capsules of ginseng as medicines. For customers that are specific on Wisconsin ginseng, it is important to look for the trademark of the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin to ensure that you buy products that are originally from the city and not counterfeits from other areas.The logo assures one that they are indeed taking ginseng from the best of all.

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