Panax Ginseng Lowers Blood Pressure, Glucose, and Cholesterol Levels Study Finds

According to a recent meta-analysis, Panax ginseng supplements may help prevent metabolic illnesses by managing blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels in the blood.

Panax Ginseng Lowers Blood Pressure, Glucose, and Cholesterol Levels Study Finds
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Twenty-three studies were found in the online databases PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, totaling 27 data sets. All of the studies were randomized controlled trials, with 20 using a parallel design and three using a crossover design.

After P. ginseng supplementation, the areas under the curve (AUC) for glucose and insulin were significantly reduced, with reduction values of 1.77 mmol/Lhr (95 percent confidence interval [CI], –2.97 to –0.57; p=0.0004) and 101.11 pmol/Lhr (95 percent confidence interval [CI], –160.85 to –41.38; p=0.0009), respectively.

Other glucose-related indicators, such as fasting glucose, fasting insulin, 2-hour postprandial glucose, and glycated hemoglobin, showed no similar alterations.

P. ginseng supplementation also reduced systolic blood pressure by 3.23 mm Hg (95 percent CI, –4.19 to –2.27; p0.00001), percent body fat by 2.11 percent (95 percent CI, –3.98 to –0.23; p=0.03), total cholesterol by 0.17 mmol/L (95 percent CI, –0.28 to –0.05; p=0.005), triglyceride by 0.11 mmol/L (95 percent CI, –0.21 to –0.01; p=0.03).

"This study has established an academic basis for P. ginseng supplementation as adjuvant therapy for diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia."

 

Source: J Ginseng Res 2021;doi:10.1016/j.jgr.2021.10.002

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