Prevention is always the best strategy when it comes to flu season. This year, in particular, influenza is very strong and almost everyone I know either has the flu or knows of someone who has the flu!
Korean red ginseng
Korean red ginseng, which is a cured ginseng root extract is especially effective because of its ginsenoside, active ingredients found in the Korean red ginseng that help the body deal with stress, disease, and fatigue. Studies in mice suggest that long-term ginseng intake could prepare the immune system with better resistance to fight future pathogens.
Chinese Panax ginseng
The Chinese Panax ginseng shows evidence that can help support immunity, especially with colds and flu.
When choosing extract for internal use, be aware that products labeled as containing Panax ginseng can vary greatly. Many contain little or no Panax ginseng.
How does ginseng work?
Ginseng showed to inhibited the infiltration of inflammatory cells into the lungs in mice, which could be preventing flu virus infections by acting on the immune system in multiple ways.
Ideally, ginseng should be taken before the cold season. The collective research suggests 400 mg of ginseng daily for 4 months is the standard dose for cold and flu prevention.
Other reasons to take ginseng
Improves Cognitive Ability: Ginseng stimulates cognitive abilities and its antioxidants capabilities prevent the accumulation of plaque and free radicals in the brain, effectively preventing the onset of dementia.
Relieves Stress: Asian ginseng affects the body’s nervous system in various ways, including boosting mood and energy levels