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Wild ginseng found to have anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties in mice
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Wild ginseng has anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties according to a new study performed on mice according to study from Korea. 114-227 mg of wild ginseng alcohol extract per pound of bodyweight
Mice fed a high-fat diet and given either 114 mg or 227 mg of wild ginseng alcohol extract per pound of bodyweight, showed an improved insulin resistance index by 55 percent and 61 percent compared to mice not given the wild ginseng.
Reduced the size of fat cells by 46-62%
Wild ginseng also reduced the diameter of fat cells by 62 percent and 46 percent.
Reduced weight gain and fasting blood sugar levels
The abstract notes that the wild ginseng also significantly reduced weight gain, fasting blood sugar levels, and triglycerides in a dose-dependent manner. That is, the higher the dose, the greater the effect.
Human study needed
A study needs to be performed on humans before we will know whether or not this will work on humans.
Yun S, Moon S, Ko S, Im B, Chung S. Wild ginseng prevents the onset of high-fat diet induced hyperglycemia and obesity in icr mice. Arch Pharm Res. 2004 Jul, 27(7):790-96.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Laboratory of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Kyung Hee University
Seoul 130-701, Korea
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