What is ginseng coffee?
Ginseng coffee is a drink obtained by mixing ground coffee with ginseng powder. Ginseng is scientifically known as Panax L. and belongs to the Araliaceae family.
What are the nutritional properties?
A cup of coffee with ginseng provides 83 calories divided roughly as follows:
- 48% fat
- 31% carbohydrates
- 21% protein
In particular, a cup of coffee with ginseng the following are present:
- 6.47 g of carbohydrates, including 6.95 g of sugar and 0.1 g of fibers
- 4.42 g of lipids, including: 2.53 g of saturated fat, 1,074 g of monounsaturated fat, 0,321 g of polyunsaturated fat and 13 mg of cholesterol
- 4.41 g of protein
- 284 mg of potassium
- 64 mg of sodium
- vitamin A
- Vitamin A
When to avoid drinking coffee with ginseng
Ginseng can interfere with other medications, such as warfarin, immuno-suppressants, the MAO inhibitor and insulin. The coffee may also interfere with the ephedrine in some antibiotics, with clozapine and with other active ingredients. If in doubt, ask your doctor.
Availability of ginseng coffee
Ginseng coffee is available in most markets throughout the year.
Possible benefits and contraindications
Although there is no evidence of its effectiveness, ginseng coffee is often associated with beneficial effects such as calming, relaxing and invigorating. Also its beneficial effects on blood circulation are being advertised (it seems that it can help stabilize blood pressure). Among other properties attributed to ginseng coffee is the ability to stimulate bowel movements (which would promote good digestion).
The intake of high doses of coffee can be contraindicated in case of anxiety, bleeding disorders, certain cardiovascular problems (such as high blood pressure), diabetes, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, glaucoma and osteoporosis. Ginseng consumption may be contraindicated in case of autoimmune diseases, bleeding disorders, diabetes, hormone-sensitive diseases, insomnia, and organ transplants. If in doubt seek advice from your doctor.