The glycaemic effects of single doses of Panax ginseng in young healthy volunteers

Reay, Jonathon, Kennedy, David and Scholey, Andrew (2006) The glycaemic effects of single doses of Panax ginseng in young healthy volunteers. British Journal of Nutrition, 96. pp. 639-642. ISSN 0007-1145

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/BJN20061904

Abstract

The results of two acute placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over studies assessing the effect of Panax ginseng (G115) on blood glucose levels are reported. In study 1, thirty participants received three treatments: placebo; 200 mg G115; 400 mg G115. In study 2, twenty-seven participants received four treatments: placebo (0 mg ginseng and 30 mg saccharin); ginseng (200 mg ginseng and 30 mg saccharin); placebo–glucose (0 mg ginseng and 25 g oral glucose); ginseng–glucose (200 mg ginseng and 25 g oral glucose). Blood glucose levels were measured at baseline (at 09.00 hours after an overnight fast) and then 60, 90 (study 1 only) and 120 min post-dose. Both studies demonstrated that G115 alone significantly lowers fasting blood glucose levels. Conversely, in study 2 there was a significant drink × ginseng interaction suggesting opposing glycaemic effects of ginseng under fasting and raised blood glucose conditions. These data have implications for the use of ginseng in individuals with poor gluco-regulation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hypoglycemia, Hypoglycemic agents, Ginseng, Placebos
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 14:45
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 17:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2278

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