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Spotlight On: Ginseng

Spotlight On: Ginseng

This article is part of our Spotlight On series. Each month we shine a light on a powerful and important superfood that we love at Foodhak for its flavour and its impact on your body.


It's a familiar feeling. You're feeling tired, sluggish, and in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Enter ginseng, the ultimate energy booster! Ginseng is a root that's been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries due due it enhancing vitality and improving overall well-being.


A quick bite

Ginseng is a root that contains powerful compounds called ginsenosides that have been shown to stimulate the central nervous system, giving you a natural energy kick. It also is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties making it a superfood all-rounder. No wonder it's such a big part of ancient medicine!


The main course

One of ginseng's main powers is as an energy booster as it has been proven to increase stamina and improve mental focus. This is due to the link between components in ginseng and lower oxidative stress and increased energy production in cells - both of these things play a large part in decreasing fatigue. 

But that's not all. Ginseng has been found to boost cognition helping improve memory, concentration and mental function. It has even been linked to reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline.

Ginseng also packs a similar punch to some of our other favourite superfoods. Like turmeric, it has big anti-inflammatory properties and can aid the immune system making the body more resistant to infections and diseases. And like ashwagandha, ginseng has is an adaptogenic meaning it helps the body adapt to stress promoting a sense of calm and relaxation which fights anxiety. Once again, putting the super in superfood!


Something to takeaway

We love ginseng in the kitchen, not only for all the reasons listed above, but for the sweet earthiness it adds to some of our (and your) favourite dishes. Notably, we include ginseng in our Vegan Miso Broth and our Kimchi No Fried Rice to perfectly compliment the complex flavours of two of Foodhak's signature dishes. And if you're looking for a super powered functional snack, look no further than our Chillimon Ginseng Pophaks which combine a chilli flavour with a healthy edge.

Ginseng is not only a natural energy booster but also a super powered root that can improve your overall well-being. Say goodbye to fatigue and hello to a revitalised you! It's time to unleash the power of ginseng and embrace a life full of energy and vitality.