Categories and Functions of Red Ginseng
Origin of Red Ginseng
Ginseng is recorded in the Shennong Bencao Jing (Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic), the most popular ancient Chinese book, as “the most important folk medicine of the most excellent effect with no toxic of long-term use.”
Also, ginseng is recorded in the Korean representative medical book, Dongui bogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine) as “it is good to take for a long time without forgetting.” Red ginseng is originally made of unpeeled raw ginseng steamed and dried to contain moisture of 14% or less, and it is called red ginseng since it turns to red color through browning reaction in the manufacturing process.
Fatigue Recovery and Anti-aging Effect
Red ginseng is especially good for test-takers, salary men, housewives and the elderly people who suffer from fatigue like these days, and the steady intake of red ginseng not only relieves chronic fatigues but also suppress aging for smoother skin and revived energy.
Anyone who drinks alcohol have problem with hangovers. However, there is a research result that an ingredient in red ginseng promotes alcohol decomposition when drinking alcohol with red ginseng.
Prevention of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
Insulin-like substance contained in red ginseng not only helps insulin action and normalizes secretion of hormone involved in metabolism of sugar and fat to decrease blood-sugar level and prevent symptoms such as arteriosclerosis that diabetes patients are vulnerable to.
Also, red ginseng is good for prevention of high blood pressure since it contains adenosine and pyroglutamic acid.
Reinforcement of Immunity
Long-time intake of red ginseng increases resistance and immunity of human body and has antiviral and anti-cancer effect.
Reinforcement of Motor Skills
It promotes motor skills and recovers energy to increase endurance and prevent chronic stress. It also have a function to maintain memory and learning capability.