By Dr. Bob McCauley
I am a connoisseur of ginseng. I have been eating raw ginseng, dried ginseng consuming ginseng tinctures and drinks of all kinds. I absolutely love ginseng. GinST15 is an enzyme fermented that offer 15x better absorption at 4x a faster rate.
- Homeostatic Balance
- Healthy Blood Glucose
- Stress Management
- Mental Clarity & Focus
- Sustained Energy
- Restful Sleep
THREE MAIN REASONS THIS IS THE BEST
- First, Ilhwa uses white ginseng root that has not been peeled, as peeling
removes the minor rootlets and hair rootlets that carry key bioactive compounds.
- Second, they use a proprietary low heat vacuum extraction of the whole unpeeled root, which maintains the vitamins, amino acid profile and organic germanium lost in the high heat steaming process used in traditional processing.
- Third, Ilhwa harvests the roots at the optimum time between the 4th and 5th year. In comparison, red ginseng extract available from most companies use the traditional 6 year harvested root.
- Finally and most importantly, Ilhwa uses a proprietary enzyme fermentation process to improve absorption. High-yield enzyme fermentation mimics the fermentation that occurs in the intestine to transform ginsenosides to an end-stage metabolite called compound K or IH-901. Compound K has been proposed to be the most bioavailable metabolite from colonic fermentation.viii
Fermented ginseng extract containing this metabolite have been shown to have many adaptogenic qualities such as strong antioxidant,ix anti-stress,x hepatoprotective,xi anti-allergy and anti-inflammatoryxii activities as well as support healthy glucose and lipid regulation.xiii In addition, GS15-4® has been clinically proven to provide 15 times increased absorption, 4 times faster absorption and 4 times more consistent absorption (Figures 2-4). In addition, the fermentation process also provides an improved taste profile compared to conventional ginseng extracts. Improved bioavailability means improved adaptogenic support for fatigue and stress.
Many studies have been done on GinST 15 which is shown in research via its metabolite marker IH901 and Compound K. One of the areas where Ilhwa has created numerous studies is energy creation, blood glucose and blood lipid management.
Il Hwa’s research is so substantial that they received a KFDA certification for a functional health claim for blood glucose management.
Absorption over time
Regular ginseng extract takes 12 hours to get maximum absorption while Gin ST15 extract will get maximum absorption in 3 to 4 hours. This illustrates the far greater absorption of GinST 15.
(Please Note: the scale of 0-50 ng/ml for Ginseng Extract and 0-300ng/ml for GinST 15. A different scale for each had to be used so that a comparison can be seen.)
With standard ginseng extract each individual possesses different capability in metabolizing ginsenosides. Absorption is inconsistent, and there is a wide range of average times in reaching the maximum plasma concentration.
In addition, only a small amount of ginseng extract is absorbed.
When GinST 15 extract is taken, absorption is approximately 4 times more consistent.
How is GinST 15 used?
GinST 15 has a broad affect on health and well being. It is virtually not contra indicative.
It harmonizes and augments a broad range of protocols and supplements. So the applications for GinST 15 are remarkably diverse as a stand alone supplement and as part of a formulation.
The GinST-15 Solution
As the world leader in ginseng science, Ilhwa was determined to find a solution to this problem of absorption, and in 1999 they secured 2 patents for creating ginseng extract metabolites via human bacteria. They continued their diligent work in the next decade developing a high yield enzyme fermentation process with their famous ginseng extract creating 2 more patents in 2009 and 2010.
GinST 15, the 21st Century Ginseng was born.
When GinST 15 extract is taken, a far larger amount is absorbed in the blood compared to standard ginseng extract. (15 times more AUC)
The GinST 15 extract provides 4 times faster absorption than standard ginseng extract.