Today we will review the Prince of Peace Panax Ginseng Root Extract Ultra Strength (POPRPGEUS henceforth, just kidding). This is an alcohol extract in a little, .34fl oz bottle, reminiscent of the vials of ginseng sold in convenience stores. The ingredients per the label are Panax Ginseng root extract, purified water, honey, alcohol, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate as preservatives.
In terms of price, this consumable comes in at an attractive .33 cents per bottle; in the world of ginseng this is a rarity. It is reddish brown in appearance and the aroma of the ginseng is hard to ascertain as it is enclosed in a glass jar. The extraction method is a through a little straw, directly into the mouth, but from what I can tell it has a sweet, wine like smell with a hint of Ginseng. This red Ginseng does not have a very strong Ginseng flavor, actually almost absent and very sweet. Some may find this preferable, as they might not like the more natural earthy flavor of Ginseng.
How did this product make me feel? A valid question since Ginseng is a renowned Chi tonic. I did feel some level of invigoration albeit short-lived and I did feel as if my kidney yang increased a bit. While this is a review, take this aspect with a grain of salt. This was my personal experience and each person’s experience can vary based on their constitution and current state.
I do have some concerns about this product, which I hope are unfounded. One being the age of the Ginseng. The age is not stated on the Prince of Peace website nor on the packaging. This is suspect because the age of the Ginseng is a selling point if it is 6 years of age or older. This is likely a young Ginseng.
My next concern might surprise you. As this is an entirely Chinese made product, I wonder if the honey included is of the low-grade, adulterated Chinese variety that 27 European countries banned a few years ago. Unlike, the low-grade Chinese truffle mushrooms that have become a nuisance to French markets, the low-grade honey from China may actually be unsafe. Ever since I originally learned of black market Chinese honey, I have been skittish about purchasing honey and I try to procure only local, small batch varieties. When it comes to buying Chinese herbs and foodstuffs, it is best to remember, Caveat Emptor.
Lastly, Chinese Ginseng from Changbai mountain is one of, if not the most prized herbs on the market. Some of roots like the old wild ones fetch stratospheric prices. I’m skeptical that a .33 cent per vial product could house exceptional Ginseng. In my experience it is not often that you can spend a little and get a lot.
That said, if you are curious about trying Ginseng and you don’t want to break the bank, this might fit the bill. It was vials like this that started my personal journey. I hope that you have found this post useful. If so, please like, share, follow, and all that stuff. It is my hope that these posts will help you traverse the world of Ginseng. Until next time, cheers!