Effects of high-hydrostatic pressure on ginsenoside concentrations in Korean red ginseng

Sun Ok Kim, Chan Woong Park, Sangyoung Moon, Hyun A. Lee, Byongki Kim, Dong Un Lee, Jae Ho Lee, Jiyong Park

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The effects of high-hydrostatic pressure (HHP) on the ginsenoside concentration in Korean red ginseng were investigated. HHP-pretreated Korean red ginseng samples were compared to samples produced by a conventional method. Six-year-old Korean fresh ginseng (Panax ginseng CA. Meyer) samples were vacuum-packaged in polyethylene film and treated at room, temperature for 1 min with HHP (200-600 MPa) and steamed at 98°C for 3 hr. Major ginsenosides of red ginseng were analyzed by HPLC. HHP-pretreated red ginseng showed a 45% higher level of total major ginsenosides than conventionally prepared red ginseng. The levels of 4 protopanaxadiol-type ginsenosides increased 34-43% and the levels of 5 protopanaxatriol-type ginsenosides increased 45-66%. Scanning electron microscopy and electrical conductivity spectrum analysis showed that HHP pretreatment damaged ginseng plant cells and increased extraction efficiencies of ginsenosides from red ginseng products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-853
Number of pages6
JournalFood Science and Biotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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