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Better than Ginseng?

This article has two objectives, the first is to inform and educate on Ginseng and Ganoderma (also known as Reishi and Ganoderma Lucidum and second, help you make more informed decisions.

In today’s healthcare and nutritional world we have excess to media and resources like no other time in history. This easy access to electronic knowledge can be quick and plentiful and both correct and incorrect. So how do we as consumers distinguish between the best information, information that is just good enough and information that is misleading or incorrect? When your topic relates to healthcare and/or nutrition, may I suggest that you look first to the education attained by the presenter, secondly by how the presenter lives his or her life, and thirdly how has the information impacted the lives of those who have applied the information.

Please consider the herb Ginseng. Before taking any herb or over the counter medication you should always consult a physician who knows you and your medical history. Ginseng is used throughout the Far East to combat weakness and fatigue. Early Native Americans ingested Ginseng to relieve neck pain, asthma, and stomach and bronchial disorders. Russian scientist claim that Ginseng improves mental and physical activity, improves endocrine system functions and has a positive effect on the reproduction system. Ginseng is thought to spare glycogen by increasing the use of fatty acids as an energy source. Therefore, users of Ginseng may in fact feel more alert and less fatigued.

Precautions should be taken if you are considering the use of Ginseng. Ginseng is beneficial for those with diabetes because it reduces the level of the hormone cortisol in the blood stream. However, people with hypoglycemia should avoid using large amounts of Ginseng . According to Dr. James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch, higher doses of Ginseng appear to reduce blood pressure. No person should ingest high dosages of Ginseng for an extended period of time. Always consult your physician to determine if Ginseng is right for you.

Now let’s look at Ganoderma, also known as Reishi and Ganoderma Lucidum. Ganoderma is a Japanese mushroom with a delicate texture, strong stems, and well – defined undersides. They are attractive and have impressive health – promoting properties. Ganoderma has been popular for over 2,000 years in the Far East. According to the Chinese, this herb is rated as the number one on the ancient Chinese list of superior medicines, and believed to give eternal youth and longevity.

Today, Ganoderma is used to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease, control and lower cholesterol, build resistance to disease, and treat fatigue and viral infections. Ganoderma is also known to have anti – tumor properties valuable in treating cancer. Ganoderma is currently available in fresh or dried mushroom form, as well as in supplements in capsule, pill, or extract form. Visit for more information on Ganoderma Lucidum.

As you can see from this short article, there is a lot of good information out there regarding nutritional supplements . The real issue with improving your lifestyle is starting. Taking the first steps are often the most difficult . The most important thing is to take the first step and then the additional steps become easier. It is the belief of that everyone should participate in a regular exercise program. In addition, begin improving your nutritional lifestyle so that you may more fully enjoy your family, friends, and community.


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