The Efficacy of Chwinamul

Chwinamul (, aster scaber) is a wild leafy vegetable with a bitter taste and distinctive aroma that grows in the mountains and fields of Korea. It’s hard to come across fresh chwinamul outside of Korea, but Korean markets and on-line Korean shopping are usually well stocked with packages of dried chwinamul.

It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and particularly high in vitamin A, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. It is known to discharge wastes from the body, lower cholesterol levels and prevent cancer through its antioxidant activity. Moreover, it is also believed to improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system and help regulate metabolism.

Chwinamul is a perennial plant with a deep green color and large leaves that are similar to kale, broccoli, collards or spinach. It can be used in many dishes such as soup, stew, salad, stir-fry and bibimbap. It is an excellent source of fiber and dietary minerals. It is especially high in potassium, and it helps prevent muscle cramps, bloating, constipation and indigestion.

In addition, it is known to be effective in treating jaundice, scarlet fever and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as being anti-inflammatory. It also contains a number of antimutagenic and antigenotoxic compounds, such as flavonoids and phenols, which have been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth.

In order to prepare chwinamul, it is first soaked in water until softened. Then it is rinsed with cold water and drained well. After rehydrating, it is mixed with garlic, Korean sea salt, perilla seed oil, sesame oil and pepper powder. It can be served warm or cold. It is a healthy and delicious food that is very easy to make. This is one of the most popular winter vegetables in Korea.