Perhaps some of us might know the wonders of Ginseng, but how much do you really know about the “King of all Herbs”? The recent Korean Ginseng Festival has shed some light on many benefits and myths of Ginseng, plus, there’ll be some recipes to boot.
Ginseng: seedling to adulthood!
Ginseng has several active ingredients which makes it a well-rounded herb for all to enjoy. Extensive research done by Dr. Kim Si Kwan, President of The Korean Society of Ginseng, has shown that Korean ginseng reigns supreme in having the highest amounts of these active ingredients, as compared to the American and Chinese ginseng. The saponin unique to ginseng; ginsenosides, cleanses the body and promotes other health benefits.
Health benefits of Korean ginseng:
- Prevents fatigue and stress
- Prevents cardiovascular disorders
- Prevents carcinogenesis
- Prevents onset and complications of diabetes
- Strengthens immune function
- Help resist hot temperature
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves brain functions
- Improves antioxidant functions
- Improves infertility for both men and women, by increasing sperm count and treating erectile dysfunction
Yet with all these benefits, wouldn’t regular consumption of ginseng cause nosebleeds or is it only suitable for old folks? Read on to find out about these myths.
Myths and facts:
- “It’s so heaty, I’m getting nosebleeds.” Fact: Korean ginseng actually helps to circulate blood, without raising the body temperature, making it a perfect supplement for those who often get cold hands and feet.
- “American ginseng is better than Korean ginseng.” Fact: Both Korean and American ginsengs have some different properties. Korean ginseng is considered warm, as it helps to circulate blood better and stablizes body temperature, while its American counterpart is a cool one, where it helps to cool the body from fevers.
- “Ginseng should only be taken during winter.” Fact: As we lose physical strength easily due to excessive perspiring in hot weather, Korean ginseng delivers that extra boost of vitamins and help the recovery of energy. That’s exactly why Koreans take Samgyetamg during summer!
- “It is only for old people.” Fact: Korean ginseng can overall help improve our health, so why wait to do so? Bubbas can enjoy the benefits of Korean Ginseng, by having some ginseng powder added to their yummy meals.
Before you head out to get your Korean ginseng, here are some tips to help you spot the real thing. Korean ginseng is shaped like “人”, which means human in Chinese. It is also more well-developed than the American and Chinese version, giving it a thicker body with more hairy roots. An ideal method of reaping the benefits of Korean Red Ginseng is consuming the extract.
CHEONG KWAN JANG KOREAN RED GINSENG EXTRACT
KRG Extract is a high-quality, concentrated product which maintains the unique flavour of KRG, and has been the most famous product since its launch in 1915.
Cheong Kwan Jang Korean Red Ginseng Extract is 100% 6-year-old Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) extract. It is processed using cutting-edge technology and its unique flavour has been Cheong Kwan Jang most famous product sine 1915. The active substances of KRG are retained at optimal levels making small doses sufficient enough to maximize the health benefits of Korean Red Ginseng.
Where to buy: Chinatown Point #B2-25, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413
Packaging and pricing: 30g at $55, 30g x 3bottles at $145, 100g at $176, 240g at $325
Recommended dosage: 1 gram, 3 times a day (Children under 15 are advised to take half of the regular dosage)
This Korean Ginseng Festival was brought to you by The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, and Korean Ginseng Corporation.