What are the health benefits of ginseng?

What are the health benefits of ginseng?

A study with 21 men and 69 women found that ginseng is effective in helping individuals with chronic fatigue.

In a 2014 study on cancer patients, ginseng was shown to reduce fatigue resulting from cancer treatment and enhance cognitive functions.

A report published in 2018 concluded that ginseng’s components have the potential to address cognitive deficits by reducing oxidative stress and improving cognitive function, based on human and animal studies.

A 2020 study suggested that ginseng’s active ingredients, ginsenosides, may play a role in reducing inflammation through the immune system. Research also highlighted its positive impact on treating and preventing influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

In 2014, studies indicated that ginseng may lower blood sugar and assist in managing diabetes. Ginsenosides were found to influence insulin production and sensitivity in the pancreas. Consuming ginseng after a meal was shown to effectively reduce blood sugar levels and increase insulin levels.


Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — By Joseph Nordqvist — Updated on March 14, 2023

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