Ginseng: A New Breakthrough in Processing
Fermented Whole Ginseng Root
Whole Body Energy Support; Kidney and Liver Rejuvenator
|Time-Proven Efficacy of Ginseng
For thousands of years, ginseng (Panax ginseng) has been used as a tonic for restoring the body’s natural balance of Qi (i.e. body energetics), including increasing mental efficiency and stimulating metabolic function. Modern western science now accepts ginseng as an adaptogen, a term which means that the herb increases the body’s resistance to stresses such as trauma, fatigue and illness. In short, it restores the body’s natural balance.
Ginseng is now frequently used in traditional medicine of China, Korea, Japan and other countries for the treatment of many conditions including psychiatric and neurological diseases and in particular, diabetes mellitus.
Main Active Component of Ginseng, Ginsenoside (ginseng saponin)
Chemically, ginsenosides are classified into seven different groups, all of which contain an “R” in their name. Each ginsenoside has its own special property and effect.
The Yin & Yang of Ginseng
According to traditional Oriental medicine theory, the interplay of two key ginsenosides creates the harmonic balance between Yin (passivity, darkness, slowness) and Yang (activity, light, quickness). Diol-type saponin has the ability to calm the body at times of stress and agitation. Triol-type saponin, on the other hand, increases performance, accelerates reaction time and has a positive effect in physical exhaustion and illness.
The key active components of ginseng are ginsenosides and glycosides, which contain aglycone (either protopanaxadiol or protopanoxatriol). These components must be hydrolyzed by intestinal bacteria to be absorbed into the body. Orally administered ginsenosides are difficult to break down, thus the absorption rate of ginsenosides through the intestines is very low. Therefore, an individual can only expect maximum ginseng effectiveness when specific intestinal bacteria exist in the body, which enable the body to hydrolyze and absorb ginsenosides.
Significant Differences in Absorption of Ginseng
To be effective, ginseng must be absorbed; to be absorbed, it must be hydrolyzed by microorganisms. This graph shows that less than 40% of the population can absorb ginseng’s key factors and only 4% of diabetics and 8% of cancer patients can do so.
The Superior Performance of Fermented Ginseng
In contrast, the right graph shows that, with nanized ginseng, the serum level of FGM1 was at a maximum within only 2 hours after administration. In conclusion, orally administered ginsenosides from unfermented ginseng are poorly absorbed from the intestines and poorly metabolized by intestinal bacteria, whereas nanized ginsenosides
Fermented Ginseng Addresses Individual Differences
In contrast to the poor absorption of typical ginseng, fermented ginseng is equally effective in all types of people, regardless of their ability to hydrolyze ginsenosides. Because fermented ginseng has been fermented by bacteria
Superior Results with Whole Root Ginseng
Anti-Diabetic Effect of Nanized Ginseng
Enhancement of Physical Stamina
Comparison of stamina after oral administration of ginseng extract vs. fermented ginseng by Rota-rod (i.e. a rotating rod where the test animal tries to stay upright)
Effect of ginseng extract (200 mg/kg/day p.o.) vs. fermented ginseng (200 mg/kg/day, p.o.) in the motor coordination evaluated in the mouse rota-rod test. Each sample was administered for 1, 2, 3 and 4 weeks. The effects of nanized ginseng are far superior.