Ginseng & Coffee

We don’t like to play favorites — but there is something truly special about Rae’s Cafe Supreme. This light, creamy coffee is enhanced with two powerful ingredients to add extra oomph to your day — pure Ganoderma lucidum, plus the prized ancient root of Panax ginseng.

Once considered so valuable it was only available to the privileged elite, the history of ginseng dates back more than five thousand years. Discovered in the Manchuria mountains of northern China, it is thought that ginseng was initially used for food, since edible plants were a sought-after commodity in those days.

As mythical legend goes, the first “proof” of any medicinal purposes behind ginseng weren’t actually recorded until around three thousand years ago. With the first claims stating that ginseng gave power to the soul, while expelling evils, many people also had the belief that the roof of a ginseng plant looked similar to the shape of the human body, and thus imbued humans with a variety of different  “healthy body” attributes.

Ginseng is believed to be beneficial in many ways, with qualities such as regulation of blood pressure, enhanced energy, improved circulation and much more. Ginseng is also thought to enhance the stimulating effects that coffee (or, more specifically the caffeine found in coffee) already has. Fans of ginseng-enhanced coffee also claim that it can help with the ability to concentrate and respond to stimulus in a faster, more accurate fashion.

Whatever the facts about ginseng — our Café Supreme is smooth, delicious, and adds a touch of prestige to your coffee experience every day.

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Ginseng: Back to its Roots

Since it was discovered over 5,000 years ago, the root of the ginseng plant has become one of the most prized ingredients in Chinese and herbal medicine. It has been dubbed the “King of all Herbs”, and was so treasured in ancient China that its use was exclusively reserved for the privileged elite.

Here are a few facts about this unique plant, and the root that has been hailed for its health-affirming properties for thousands of years, both by Chinese herbalists and Native healers in North America.

  • The ginseng plant grows only in the Northern Hemisphere, primarily in the cooler climates of North America and eastern Asia (Korea, the Manchuria region of China, Bhutan and eastern Siberia).
  • The English name “ginseng” is derived from the Chinese term “rénshēn” —rén meaning “man” and shēn meaning “plant root” — due to the fact that the root of the plant often resembles the human form.
  • Similarly, the Native American term for the plant, “garantoquen” translates to “like a man”, again referring to the human-like form of the plant’s prized root.
  • Ancient healers believed that the human-like shape of the root indicated that it would act as a tonic for the entire body.
  • The botanical name of the plant, “Panax” is derived from the Greek root meaning “cure all” or “all healing” and is related to the word panacea.
  • Ginseng is known as an “ataptogen” which means it is a botanical that can help improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress and bring the body back to a healthy, balanced state.
  • In Chinese herbal medicine, ginseng is used in many preparations to help with a wide range of conditions. Primary uses include stimulation of circulation, mental function, performance or endurance, and balancing or improving the function of the adrenal gland.
  • Recent studies have indicated that ginseng could also help control blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
    Organo Gold has infused the incredible benefits of Panax Ginseng into the Gourmet Café Supreme, which means that today, obtaining the renowned benefits of this ancient medicinal root is as easy as drinking a smooth, delicious cup of coffee.
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