What Is Red Ginseng?
Red ginseng is also known as Korean red ginseng and sometimes called Asian ginseng, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The medicinal part of red ginseng is a root that is light tan in color. The plant has greenish-yellow flowers and rounded leaves.
Red ginseng is often available in extracts, powders and capsule supplements. The active ingredients in red ginseng are called ginsenosides. Asian ginseng also has B vitamins and flavonoids.
Red ginseng needs to grow for four to six years before it is ready to be harvested and used. Harvesters can determine how old the plant is by checking the wrinkles that appear about the neck of the root.
Red ginseng may help improve concentration, memory, cardiovascular health and help regulate the body’s reaction to stress. It may also help diabetics control blood sugar levels.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, red ginseng is also believed to help improve physical endurance as well as sexual performance and fertility.