What should I pay attention to when consuming ‘red ginseng’ received as a Chuseok gift?

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☞ Today’s Health = During the Chuseok holiday, the demand for health functional foods increases. Among them, dry food made with red ginseng is particularly popular. It is consumed so much that 1 in 4 people consume it.

Ginseng, the raw material of red ginseng, has a long history of ingesting it for the purpose of health promotion, so it is very popular.

Ginseng is classified into fresh ginseng, white ginseng, and red ginseng according to the processing method.

Red ginseng can be regarded as a dry food when the total content of ginsenosides, a functional ingredient, is at least 2.5 mg per 1 g.

The representative function of red ginseng is to enhance immunity, which increases immune cells or increases the secretion of proteins that control immune function. It also helps to improve fatigue by reducing blood lactic acid levels and creatine acid levels that affect physical fatigue. It is also recognized for its functions such as improving blood flow by inhibiting platelet aggregation, improving memory, antioxidant, and improving menopausal women’s health.

Not all red ginseng food is dry food. Red ginseng candy and beverages sold in the market are general foods. It is a dry season meal using ginseng more than 4 years old and meeting the daily intake of ginsenosides. For immunity enhancement and fatigue improvement, 3-80 mg, for blood flow and memory improvement, and antioxidant, 2.4-80 mg, and for menopausal women’s health, 25-80 mg should be met.

When purchasing red ginseng, it is necessary to check these functions, and to check the health functional food label and the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) mark.

In addition, when eating red ginseng, eat according to the prescribed intake to avoid excessive intake, and ginsenosides can reduce platelet clotting and enhance blood sugar lowering effects. Should be.

By Moon Se-young, staff reporter [email protected]

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