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CheongKwanJang's Secret to Success

KGC's CheongKwanJang brand of Korean Red Ginseng is the world's oldest brand of ginseng and continues to be the world's no. 1 brand of ginseng with over a 70% market share of Korean ginseng sales for one reason – we have a passion for setting standards in the ginseng industry and providing superior plant-based, healthy nutrition. Good things begin with trust. Whether it is growing every root for 6 years, or clean products, low-temperature, pure-water extraction, and natural processing with a "whole food" approach, CheongKwanJang Korean Red Ginseng energizes active, healthy lifestyles with South Korea's hidden super food.

As the world's leading ginseng company, KGC's Ginseng R&D center has 140 researchers with Ph.Ds. and Master Degrees on staff, ensuring safety and quality, and whom have generated over 184 ginseng patents, proven by generating over 420 ginseng research studies, and conducting hundreds of safety checks on every crop, every year, before planting, during cultivation, and prior to selling. We promise to earn the trust of our customers in every healthy product we sell.

Scientifically Proven Functions of Ginseng

Korean Red Ginseng is so internationally famous for its healthy properties that the scientific name for its species was designated as Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer (panax being the Latin term for "a cure-all"). While ginseng cannot cure all ills, it does have a variety of healthy effects, which modern scientific research has confirmed. But not all ginsengs are the same. While there are many species and types of ginseng, only Korean ginseng, which has been grown for 6 years (to its full-maturity), which has been scientifically proven and affirmed, by the Korean FDA, as a functional food, which supports these healthy functions:

  • Boost energy & bodily stamina
  • Support fatigue resistance
  • Boost the immune system
  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Support memory functions
  • Antioxidant properties.
Studies

Every year, new research is being conducted on ginseng as South Korea's hidden super food reveals more and more of its secrets. Below you will find a data-base we will continuously update as research becomes publicly available. Please check back often.

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While Korean ginseng is classified as a dietary supplement, not a drug (and has no doping effects), it is no wonder that Korean ginseng has consistently held the #1 spot for most recommended traditional herbal medicine in the herbalist communities. The 10th International Symposium on Ginseng was held in 2010 and attended by approximately 1,500 scholars and researchers from 15 countries such as the United States, Europe and Asia. More than 300 papers were submitted with their findings supporting ginseng's efficacy.
Korean Red Ginseng, the Original Super Food

Historical Uses of Korean Red Ginseng Described in Traditional Oriental Medical Books

While modern scientific has confirmed the above claims, such that they have received approval from the Korean-FDA, there are seven major benefits of ginseng as described in traditional Eastern medical records. Since ancient times, long before clinical trials, many Korean and Chinese medical documents referred to these records and prescribed Korean ginseng to support bodily functions associated with certain conditions. In China, the historically referenced functions of ginseng are classified as, "The Seven Major Benefits of Ginseng." These are outlined below:

  1. Boosting Stamina

    Ginseng relieves stress by boosting, both, mental vitality and physical energy, while allowing for bodily calm. It improves body constitutions, when individuals are tired or lack energy, fighting fatigue.

  2. Supporting Metabolism and the Cardiovascular System

    Ginseng is said to help to improve specific metabolic functions and bodily growth and normal repair by supporting blood formation, oxygenation, and helping to regulate blood circulation. Good blood flow was said to support an integrated system of key organs, resulting in internal synergy and well-being.

  3. Calming the Nerves

    Unlike plants which contain caffeine, ginseng is caffeine-free, and does not contribute to stress. It is said to support the adrenal system and was noted to strengthen mental vitality while simultaneously calming the body, bringing it more into balance. By helping to reduce stress and anxiety, physical well-being and mental health are improved.

  4. Supporting Healthy Lung Functions

    Ginseng was said to help loosen coughing by supporting healthy respiratory functions, and is said to be good for the lungs, helping to keep them strong, as they interface with healthy blood circulation, resulting in good oxygenation for the body and easier breathing.

  5. Supporting the Spleen and Stomach

    Ginseng may improve one's appetite and help with intestinal regularity by supporting healthy stomach and digestive tract functions. Ginseng has been historically said to be beneficial for some diabetics (under supervision of one's physician, if prescribed drugs for this condition) and even to help quench thirst.

  6. Detoxification

    Ginseng has been said to help the body naturally process and remove toxins, by boosting the immune system. It is said to aid in cleansing the bowels, and support intestinal immune system functions.

  7. Healthy Aging

    Korean ginseng helps to promotes healthy skin, support healthy blood flow within skin, and support healthy-aging functions and is therefore used in a variety of beauty products, and is the hidden beauty secret of several well-known supermodels in, both, South Korea and the West.

What Makes Korean Red Ginseng So Powerful?

Korean Red Ginseng is rich in healthy plant saponins, specifically called ginsenosides, which evolved to help the plant survive in harsh environments. Ginseng saponins have been shown clinically to have a powerful adaptogenic effect, helping human bodies achieve homeostasis by bringing them back into balance and helping to fight stress on a cellular level. Although ginseng is not drug, dozens of research papers indicate that Korean Red Ginseng and the healthy components found in Korean Red Ginseng help the body resist harmful viruses. This supports the claim that Korean ginseng helps boost the immune system and illustrates why it has been historically used as a traditional medicine for 2,000 years.

In fact, Korean Red Ginseng is the most famous medicinal herb in the Eastern tradition and has been used safely throughout Asia and world for centuries. Western explorers in Asia brought the plant back to Europe and remarked how it "extended life and vitality."

Ginseng came to be used as clean, plant-based nutrition providing healthy-energy to hard workers, atheletes, and those wishing to support a healthy lifestyle with nature's original super food. Containing more than 30 varieties of healthy ginseng saponins and ginsenosides, Korean Red Ginseng ginseng is widely considered to be the world's most powerful form of ginseng, yet is incredibly difficult to grow, which is why it sells at a higher price.

Main Active Ingredients of Red Ginseng
Comparison of main active ingredients among Korean Ginseng (P. panax), and American ginseng (P. quinquefolius).
Active Ingredient
Korean Red Ginseng
American Ginseng
Kinds of Saponin
31
19
PD/PT Ratio
1.33
2.15
Polyacetylene (%)
0.089
0.064
Acidic Polysaccharide(%)
7.74
2.09
Benefits of Key Active Constituents
Functions of Ginsenoside Saponins & Non-Saponins found in Korean Red Ginseng
Classification
Active Ingredient
Benefits
Saponin
Ro
Alcohol detoxification, immune system, anti-inflammation
-PD
Rb1
Central nerve control, liver protection, antioxidant processes
-PT
Rc
Sedative, protein and lipid synthesis facilitation
Re
Blood regulation, anti-oxidant
Rf
Neuron protection
Rg1
Supporting cognition, anti-fatigue, anti-stress, immune system, liver protection
Rh1
Liver protection, immune system
Rh2
Immune system
Non-saponin
Polyacetylene
Immune system, preventing thrombosis, inhibiting lipid peroxidation
Phenolic compounds
Antioxidant processes, anti-aging
Acidic polysaccharides
Anti-aging, reducing side effects of certain drugs, immune system, preventing hyperlipidemia
Insulin analog
Lowering blood-sugar levels
The Right Dosage for You

Korean Red Ginseng may be consumed daily and safely. Consume a 100-500mg serving of ginseng as a temporary booster, in performance drinks and healthy formulas. Consume 1,000g for a full dose, rich in the power of ginseng, up to 3 times daily for maximum effect. Consume 3g for a medical-grade serving, and to promote all the maximum health benefits of ginseng. Ginseng is safe for children and young adults, who may take up to half the adult serving, if they are over the age of 4 years old. Not recommended for babies, infants, and those who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Those with known medical conditions, expecting surgery, or taking medication or supplements (especially related to the heart, blood, and diabetics), should consult with their doctor prior to consuming ginseng.

Ginsenosides and saponins accumulate in the body and become more effective over time. For athletic endurance, consume 1-3g of ginseng extract, up to half an hour prior to exercise for maximum performance; consume another dose as fatigue sets in to extend endurance. Ginseng is not a drug and contains no caffeine and while it supports mental focus, it does not artificially keep the body awake, and it actually support calm, balance, and blood-flow. It may be consumed in the evening to help support relaxation, especially in tea form. To experience the full health effects of ginseng, such as memory support, consume at least 1-3g per day for up to two weeks prior to expecting results.

When beginning a ginseng regime, you may wish to begin with a half serving and build-up to full servings as your body builds tolerance. Ginseng is an "adaptogenic herb," which means it supports the adrenals and helps the body to achieve homeostasis by supporting the body's efficiency at fighting cellular stress. Everybody is different and has different needs. Listen to your body. Although side-effects are rare and uncommon, reduce dosage or stop usage if you are unsure.

Confidence & Competence Rooted in R&D Capability

KGC has the utmost confidence in the quality of our products. This confidence is rooted in nearly 120 years of traditional know-how, and over 80 years of dedication to modern research and development, accompanied by cutting-edge technology. Founded in 1937, the Korea Ginseng Research Institute issued a new era of innovation, bringing our traditional craftsmanship into the modern world. In cooperation with health and medical communities at home and abroad, our 140 researchers with PhDs and Master Degrees conduct research on cultivation techniques and soil management, and apply the latest technologies to develop new innovations in processing and ensure quality control to produce effective products you can trust.

Regular users of KGC's CheongKwanJang brand of Korean Red Ginseng products understand that quality speaks for itself. Nevertheless, sometimes it is good to be recognized. KGC has received Current Good Manufacturing Practices certifications ("cGMPs") from major countries around the world, including Australia, South Korea, Japan, and we conform to or exceed the rules issued by the U.S. FDA. We have acquired HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) certification, ISO 22000 (International Organization for Standardization for Reliable Food Management Safety Systems) certification, and we are the first ginseng company to ever have acquired accreditation from the internationally certified KOLAS (laboratory accreditation) on 5 criteria and 192 items.

We invest a full 2 years just to secure the finest, uncontaminated, pollutant-free planting fields, another 6 years into growing Korean ginseng under a quality control scheme following 293 criteria, carried out over 7 rounds of full-scale review, enforced by our team of R&D researchers. This is our commitment to quality.

Our customers can feel the difference.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.