Ginseng Berry May Benefit Diabetics
IL, 28 May 2002
research that will appear in the June issue of Diabetes (Vol
51, No 6, pages 1851-1858, June 2002) suggests that the ginseng
berry may be better than ginseng root for controlling blood sugar.
Yuan, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Department
of Anesthesia and Critical Care, indicates that the berry contains
a seven-fold stronger concentration of ginsenoside Re, which is
believed to be responsible for ginseng's effects on controlling
mice that were injected with extractof Panax ginseng became
normoglycemic and had improved glucose tolerance. The injected mice
also lost weight, had reduced appetite and used more energy. Yuan
plans to do small-group studies with people to study safety and
efficacy of the extract.
results based on other mouse studies have not held true with human
subjects, according to Vladimir Vuksan, a nutritionist at the University
of Toronto who has studied use of American ginseng with diabetics.
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