A Beginners Guide To Korean Red Ginseng
What is Korean Red Ginseng?
Korean Red Ginseng is a herb, sometimes known as Asian ginseng or its scientific name Panax ginseng (Panax meaning “cure-all”). Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it has been used as a traditional, medicinal tonic for over 4,000 years!
Korean Red Ginseng grows best on moist, shaded mountainsides, which is why the Korean peninsula provides the perfect conditions for cultivation. Distinguished by dark green leaves with clusters of red berries—it’s actually the root of the plant that contains its medicinal properties.
What's The Difference Between American Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng and Korean Red Ginseng?
Korean Red Ginseng is prepared by steaming and drying whole roots in heat or sunlight. This method of processing results in a higher potency, and has a stronger effect on the body when compared to Chinese ginseng which is made by peeling the roots. This is how Chinese ginseng gets its whitish colour, but also less ginsenosides. Ginsenocides, scientifically known as saponin triterpenoid glycosides, are the primary active components in Korean Red Ginseng roots. There are nearly 30 ginsenocides in Korean Red Ginseng compared to other forms of ginseng which contain up to 15—evidence that Korean Red Ginseng really is a superior herb.
American ginseng is actually a different herb, therefore has different effects on the body. It’s considered to be more relaxing and sedative, whereas Korean Red Ginseng is proven to be invigorating and stimulating. In traditional oriental medicine, American ginseng is known to increase the “yin” energy and Korean Red Ginseng is known to increase “yang” energy. Another difference is in its potency—while American ginseng comes with a mild ‘qi’ boosting effect, Korean Red Ginseng has a stronger effect on the body.
Why Is Korean Red Ginseng So Expensive?
Korean Red Ginseng has been in high demand for centuries and historically wars have even been fought over lands where it grew. Most of the world's supply of ginseng is cultivated by farmers in Korea, which is why it’s one of the most expensive herbs on the market.
Long and slender, Korean Red Ginseng roots sometimes resemble the shape of the human body. Traditional herbalists believe this "man-root" has magical powers for those lucky enough to find it, which is why Cheong Kwan Jang’s Heaven Grade Roots are priced as the most valuable ones. Today, research from numerous scientific studies has backed this wisdom from ancient herbalists!
What Are The Health Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng?
Classified as an adaptogen—a substance that helps the body adapt to stress and balance itself without causing major side effects, Korean Red Ginseng is used to improve health and stamina. For this reason, athletes have been known to use Korean Red Ginseng as a herbal supplement, to help their body adapt to rigorous training schedules. Korean Red Ginseng also increases physical and mental energy, and can help support your adrenal glands to regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and other essential functions.
Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes Korean Red Ginseng to treat diabetes, and research has shown that it enhances the release of insulin from the pancreas and lowers blood sugar levels. Korean Red Ginseng has also been demonstrated to lower blood cholesterol levels. Korean Red Ginseng has been shown to have antioxidant effects that increase immune system activity. This makes it a fantastic herbal support for those suffering from chronic conditions like cancer, that impair the immune system. Further uses of Korean Red Ginseng include treatment of erectile dysfunction, asthma and digestive weakness.
Nutrient-rich, Korean Red Ginseng has been scientifically proven to help:
- build your immune system
- treat inflammation
- enhance memory function
- lower blood sugar and regulate cholesterol
- fight fatigue and increase energy
- improve erectile dysfunction