Who knew that water wasn't just… well, water. What seems a fairly simple product now has me thinking more about this basic staple item. Before receiving the opportunity to review Jeju 16 water, basically all I knew about water was that filtered is generally considered to be better for you than tap, with a side controversy indicating that some bottled waters are better than others depending on the source from which it's bottled.
Honestly, I've just never given too much thought to where the water I drink comes from. We do own a refrigerator with the door access to ice and filtered water and we also have used a Brita water pitcher for many years in an effort to filter out some contaminants. However, we don't do this because we are overly concerned about the quality of our water, but simply because it tastes better than tap water.
I do have to admit, after reading the short catalog and viewing the DVD that accompanied this product, I am now thinking a bit more critically about the water my family consumes.
Jeju 16 water originates from Jeju Island, just south of the Korean peninsula, which was formed by volcanic eruptions. In the center of this island stands Mt. Halla, rising 6,400 feet above sea level. Water collects in an underground natural reserve after filtering down through 16 layers of volcanic bedrock which effectively filters out heavy metals and other harmful substances while allowing beneficial minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium and vanadium (which helps to fight disease) to remain. This natural reservoir is a self-sustaining resource for this healthy smart water and will never be depleted. The water is processed completely on-site at the source from collection to bottling. Jeju 16 water also features a natural PH of 7.7 (matching the human body's PH level) and is packaged in BPA-FREE 100% recyclable bottles. The Jeju site has been recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere reserve, a World Natural Heritage Site as well as a Global Geopark.
I took to the internet, that vast information resource, to try to track down any negative reviews or news regarding the health claims for Jeju 16. I found plenty of positive articles, but not one indicating anything negative about the product. That's not to say none exist, just that I didn't find any. Typically, I am very much encouraged to find nothing but positive information about any product I research online. This instance is no exception.
After reading about the product, I cracked open a chilled bottle of the stuff and took a long, slow drink. One thing I noticed immediately was the smooth and refreshing feeling as I drank the water. Also, some bottled waters (in my opinion) leave an aftertaste that I do not care for. Jeju 16 did not. Another plus in the Pro column on my mental evaluation. So far, so good.
The only negative thing I can say about it is that there is not a store near me that carries the product, as I learned when I searched using the Store Locater function on the website for Jeju 16. However, like many other products, one can order it online from Amazon and Walmart. Amazon provides options for purchasing in 6-, 12- and 20-packs, with their Subscribe & Save option available on the 20-packs. A 20-pack currently costs about $20, about $1 per bottle, very reasonable with free shipping on orders over $35. Walmart's price is about the same, with free shipping offered for purchases totaling $50+.
In the end, while I can't claim to be any healthier after consuming the two 16.9-oz. bottles I received, I can tell you that I have benefited by becoming more knowledgeable about what I probably should be looking for in bottled waters on the market before purchasing in the future. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to try Jeju 16 water and to learn more about water sources as they pertain to human health.
Disclaimer: I received two 16.9 oz. bottles of Jeju 16 water, along with a product catalog and CD to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.