Formal Name: Panax quinquefolius
Supplement Forms: Powder, pills, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The use of ginseng dates back 5,000 years, originating in Manchuria, China. The herb was immediately valuable for its medicinal benefits, and was symbolic of harmony. Ginseng began to be traded in the 3rd century to Korea, and later to the rest of the world. The herb was introduced to North America in the early 1700s by a Jesuit priest. Today, it is primarily grown in Korea.

Bodily Functions Ginseng Assists

Ginseng is an herb known to stimulate the immune system. In addition, the herb may be effective in the treatment of diabetes, angina, and even HIV and AIDS. Although some studies have suggested that ginseng may treat cancer and improve athletic performance, further research is needed to qualify these claims.

Foods High in Ginseng

Ginseng is typically found in pill form as a dietary supplement.

Ailment That Ginseng Eliminates:
  • May treat HIV and AIDS
  • Treats diabetes
  • May reduce angina
  • Alleviates flatulence
  • Alleviates erectile dysfunction
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Nervousness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headache
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Do not take ginseng if you use blood pressure medication
  • Do not take ginseng if you use blood thinning medication, such as warfarin
  • Avoid ginseng if you consume large quantities of caffeine