There are many different types of Ginseng. Ginseng is the generic name for the type of herbal plant or root that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Some Ginsengs are described by the methods in which they are harvested, while other types of ginseng are described by the location in which they naturally grow and are harvested.  

Different Types of Ginseng 

One of the most common types of ginseng is Korean Red Ginseng, which undergoes an extensive cultivation and harvesting process.  The best Korean Red Ginseng is harvested after 6 years.  It is only after these 6 years of extensive cultivation that the roots have developed their extensive natural benefits.  Other types of ginseng include:  American ginseng, Tianqi ginseng and Siberian ginseng.  American ginseng and Korean Red Ginseng come from the same ginseng root and have similar chemical components; while Siberian ginseng is a different root entirely.  Siberian ginseng is actually a distant cousin to Korean Red Ginseng or American Ginseng and has different chemical components (Mount Sinai, 2020). 

Historical Scientific Facts of Korean Red Ginseng 

Korean Red Ginseng has been processed, cultivated and harvested for greater than one-thousand years.  Korean Red Ginseng has been reported to be a part of the Annals of King Jeongjo part of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty.  The steaming process of Korean Red Ginseng was introduced by GoRyeoDoGyeong (Lee, 2015).  

Medicinal Scientific Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng 

While other types of ginseng do offer some benefits, through many studies it has been suggested via the many centuries that Korean Red Ginseng has been used in Eastern medicine, that Korean Red Ginseng offer superior benefits on the immune.  Korean Red Ginseng has been shown to boost the immune system while also improving mental/cognitive well being.  Korean Red Ginseng is an antioxidant and contains saponins which provide many of these medicinal benefits (Lee, 2015).  

Korean Red Ginseng has even been established as an adaptogen.  Adaptogen is a word that means exactly as it sounds.  It means that this root has the capability to adapt to stressful situations and help the body to those stresses in a way that promotes health and wellbeing (Mount Sinai, 2020).  

Korean Red Ginseng has been tested in many different human studies which have proven their benefits in reducing blood glucose levels which can offer benefit in those patients who present with pre-diabetes, or those patients who suffer from long term, difficult to control diabetes mellitus (Lee, 2020).  

Korean Red Ginseng has also shown benefit in boosting the immune system to prevent the development of colds and flus while also promoting the bodies natural ability to fight off these types of infections as well.  Korean Red Ginseng boosts the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system to promote natural health (Lee, 2020). 

Because Korean Red Ginseng offers antioxidant properties, it helps to fight against free oxygen radical species that promote the formation of tumors.  Therefore, any supplement that offers antioxidant properties results in the associated benefits which include the prevention of overgrowth of poorly functioning cells that may result in cancer formation (Mount Sinai, 2020). 

Conclusion: 

While some of this information is purely based on personal testimonials, there are many of these testimonials that have been verified via medical journal articles and human participant medical studies.  There is always more to learn about Korean Red Ginseng.  Korean Red Ginseng has been used by the Chinese population for many medicinal purposes to support the the body and its healing process to reach desired results.  Because of this, we continue to study this naturally occurring root and continue to learn the great medicinal health benefits that this root truly has to offer in today’s society.  Only the best Korean red ginseng supplements are sold by Korea Ginseng Corp.  With a variety of ginseng products such as teas, candies, extracts, and more, Korea Ginseng Corp offers a great selection of ginseng foods and supplements which can help you support your immune system and live your best life. 

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Works Cited: 

Mount Sinai.  (2020).  American Ginseng - American; Panax Quinquefolium.  https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/american-ginseng 

Lee, S. M., Bae, B. S., Park, H. W., Ahn, N. G., Cho, B. G., Cho, Y. L., & Kwak, Y. S. (2015). Characterization of Korean Red Ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer): History, preparation method, and chemical composition. Journal of ginseng research, 39(4), 384–391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgr.2015.04.009 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4593794/