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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Treasure Hunt: A Ginseng Boost

The original energy drink -- Korean Ginseng Drink -- may well be an acquired taste, as it certainly tastes nothing like your average soda. It does, however, make for a healthy alternative, as it contains no caffeine, taurine or other additives.

The beverage contains sugar and ginseng, including a large piece of the "man root," as the Chinese call it, referring to the root's typical forked shape that vaguely resembles a pair of legs.

The list of purported health benefits attributed to ginseng consumption is large, with one manufacturer stating the following: "Preventative tonic for health and illness prevention. Reduce physical and biological stress. Increase energy and endurance. Increase capacity for physical/mental work. Improve coronary circulation. Lower blood sugar levels. Boosts immune system activity. Lower cholesterol levels. Protect liver cells. Protect against the negative effects of alcohol and toxins. Sexual stimulant. Slows the aging process."

So if you need a boost, Korean Ginseng Drink can be found at the Yakitoria Japanese products store for 165 rubles.

Yakitoria: 20 Novoslobodskaya Ul., (499) 973-3252, M. Novoslobodskaya.