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Ginseng Coffee: Benefits, Side Effects And Recipe

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Ginseng is a plant traditionally found in Korea, China and the United States, and is used throughout the world for its beneficial health effects.

Popularly, it is called the “king of plants” and, due to the accumulation of its medicinal properties, it receives the scientific name of ” Panax ginseng CA Meyer” (Panax means “universal remedy” in Latin).

Its main benefits is that it has been recognized as an adaptogen : it helps our body resist mental and physical stress.

What Is Ginseng Coffee?

Let’s not fool ourselves: there is no plant species that offers fruits of the ginseng plant that can be roasted or roasted and turned into a drink similar to coffee. What’s more, the part of the plant used and to which the best medicinal properties are assigned is the root, and not the fruits.

What is marketed as “ginseng coffee” is a mixture of soluble coffee powder and ginseng root, to which other aromatic species and some sweeteners are also added. The reason is simple: the flavor of ginseng root does not have a very general taste and to make it more popular it has been mixed with other more aromatic components.

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Benefits of Ginseng Coffee.

Although in the mixture with soluble coffee – and some other component- the properties of ginseng are diluted, it continues to provide very interesting properties for our health, among which we should highlight:

  • Increases physical and mental performance.
  • Activates the immune system.
  • Increases defenses against toxic agents.
  • Improves the cardiovascular system.
  • Improves cognitive activity.
  • It has hypoglycemic properties.
  • It is a recognized physical, mental and sexual energizer.
  • Anti-cancer properties have been discovered.

Side effects of Ginseng Coffee.

But not all are advantages, and much less when we associate it with coffee, it is advisable to analyze some of its disadvantages:

  • It can cause allergic reactions.
  • It can prolong the state of wakefulness causing difficulty sleeping.
  • Overdose can cause irritability, diarrhea, nausea, bleeding and blurred vision.
  • Neurology experts do not recommend taking ginseng together with antidepressants (monoamine oxidase inhibitors).
  • It is contraindicated if we take medications for heart problems (consultation with a specialist is essential).

How To Make Ginseng Coffee?

  • Gather the necessary ingredients: ginseng powder, coffee grounds, hot water, and sweetener (optional).
  • Measure out the desired amount of coffee grounds and ginseng powder. A typical ratio is 1 teaspoon of coffee grounds to 1/2 teaspoon of ginseng powder, but you can adjust it according to your preference.
  • Mix the coffee grounds and ginseng powder together in a coffee filter or a French press.
  • Boil the water and let it cool for a few seconds to reach the optimal temperature of around 200°F (93°C). Avoid using boiling water directly on the coffee grounds as it can burn them and affect the taste.
  • Pour the hot water over the coffee and ginseng mixture, ensuring that all the grounds are saturated. Allow it to steep for about 4-5 minutes for optimal flavor extraction.
  • Stir the mixture gently to enhance the infusion of the ginseng flavor.
  • If desired, add sweetener such as sugar, honey, or a non-caloric option to taste. Stir well to dissolve it.
  • Let the mixture sit for another minute to settle, allowing any remaining grounds to sink to the bottom.
  • Slowly pour the ginseng coffee into a cup, taking care not to disturb the sediment at the bottom.
  • Enjoy your homemade ginseng coffee, and feel free to experiment with different ratios of ginseng powder and coffee grounds to find your perfect blend.
Bottom Line.

Ginseng coffee offers a unique and powerful combination of the energizing effects of coffee and the health benefits of ginseng. With its ability to boost energy levels, improve cognitive function, and support overall well-being, ginseng coffee has become increasingly popular among individuals seeking a natural and convenient way to enhance their daily routine.

Whether it is for a morning pick-me-up or an afternoon boost, ginseng coffee provides a delicious and invigorating alternative to regular coffee. As more research continues to uncover the numerous potential benefits of ginseng, it is clear that ginseng coffee will remain a desirable choice for those looking to improve their mental and physical performance.




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