Ginseng can help your immune system immensely through fighting viruses in your system. Ginseng is more than just a traditional folk remedy. Ginseng can fight RSV, also known as respiratory syncytial virus, a virus for which there is no proven cure. There are three types of Ginseng: American, Asian, and Siberian, all of which stimulate the production of natural killer cells, and T-cells, which help to boost the body’s immune system. You can take ginseng in liquid form (extracts), and add it to your food in powder form.
- Researchers discovered that Korean red ginseng attacks RSV, the most common cause of pneumonia.
- Most studies on ginseng were done with Korean red ginseng rather than American ginseng, Siberian ginseng, or white ginseng.
- Ginseng’s potential side effects include sleeplessness, headache, digestive disturbances, and lowered blood sugar.
“In a study published in the April 2014 edition of Nutrients, red Korean ginseng improved the survival rate of human lung epithelial cells that had been infected with influenza A, along with reducing the expression of inflammation-causing genes. In addition, researchers found that Korean ginseng helped to treat influenza by modifying the immune systems of mice with clinically-induced influenza A, causing them to develop increased levels of antiviral proteins.”