The putative effects of Korean ginseng on blood glucose and lipid regulation, oxidative stress, and protein glycation suggests a possible role as an adjunctive therapy in the management of diabetes and diabetic complications.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 36 subjects found that 200 mg ginseng elevated mood, improved psychophysical performance and reduced fasting blood glucose and body weight in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (Sotaniemi etal 1995).
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