Are you hitting a roadblock in improving your athletic performance? The root to achieving that may lie in the ginseng.
Ginseng has long reigned as the “King of Herbs” for its curative properties. In fact, the Chinese have used it as a medicinal herb for more than 2000 years. Most of us may be familiar with American and Chinese ginseng as they are commonly used in our everyday herbal tonic soups. But did you know, while there are 11 varieties of ginseng, not all roots are created equal. The most nutrient-dense ginseng is actually the Korean red ginseng.
Research and testing conducted by the Mahidol University’s Faculty of Science in 1995 has shown an increase in maximum oxygen uptake during sports and significant improvement in recovery time when Korean red ginseng was taken as a regular supplement. Adding Korean red ginseng to your diet also has the benefits of boosting the immune system, increasing energy and stamina, fighting fatigue, promoting healthy blood circulation and supporting better memory function.*
Curious to know what makes the Korean red ginseng a one-of-a-kind superfood? Its hidden power is driven by ginseng saponins (otherwise known as ginsenosides), which are active ingredients responsible for its anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating properties. This amazing root contains three saponins (Rg3, Rh1, and Rh2) – not found in other herbs – that support immunity, memory and liver functions.
Before you grab your ginseng supplements, it is important to take note of what you are buying as the quality and concentration of ginseng supplements do vary widely in commercial products.
One of the oldest and most reputable Korean red ginseng manufacturers is Cheong Kwan Jang. Awarded by Euromonitor International Limited as the world’s no. 1 ginseng brand, this time-honoured brand carries with it 120 years of history!
Only the cream of the Korean red ginseng crop finds its way into Cheong Kwan Jang products. The brand places high emphasis on its preference towards what they call the “6-year-grown ginseng” – harvesting the Korean red ginseng when it is at its peak potency.
If this is your first time trying the red ginseng, be sure to check out Cheong Kwan Jang’s ready-to-drink ginseng-based supplements. The Extract Everytime Balance combines 21 per cent of Korean red ginseng extract, licorice extract and propolis in a convenient stick-form packaging, providing a daily energy boost on the go.
Another popular tonic loved by ladies is the Korean Red Ginseng with Aronia. It combines the benefits of Korean Red Ginseng with Aronia berries, which is packed with antioxidants. Aronia berries also contain higher Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value than any other berries, protects the eyes and promotes anti-aging.
These are just two out of the whole range of products that are retailing in stores, and we’ll share more about the rest in the next article. If you appreciate the finer qualities of ginseng, you’ll no doubt be pleased to discover that the Korean Red Ginseng has beneficial properties for fitness enthusiasts too!
*Certified by Korea Food and Drug Administration
Buy Cheong Kwan Jang supplements online:
Or at retail stores:
CKJ Specialty Store
Chinatown Point #B2-25 T: (65) 6444 3389
WJL Concept Stores
North Point #B2-17/18 T: (65) 6481 6233
Century Square #B1-09 T: (65) 6260 0089
Parkway Parade #B-103/104 T: (65) 6282 7698
Paya Lebar Quarter #B2-27 T: (65) 6908 5485
Jurong Point #B1-15/16 T: (65) 6352 0595
Cheong Kwan Jang Pop-up Store
Raffles City #B1-K12A (until 30th November 2019)
Ang Mo Kio Hub
Marina Bay Sands
Next week, we'll be exploring the rest of the Cheong Kwan Jang range and evaluating our favourites.