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Ginseng Does Not Improve Blood Sugar Processing

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Swallowing ginseng root extract has no effect on blood sugar regulation among people with diabetes or prediabetic symptoms, a new study concludes. Despite prior evidence that the herb might help treat problems processing blood sugar, the researchers were unable to even detect ginseng compounds in the participants’ bloodstream after they took it. They also saw no differences in the subjects’ blood sugar. “We think you don’t absorb enough of it to have an effect,” said Dr. Samuel Klein, a professor at the Washington University School of Medicine and the study’s senior author. He and his colleagues gave 15 people Korean ginseng root extract, or the active chemical in ginseng, called ginsenoside Re, or a fake ginseng pill for 4 weeks. All the people who participated were overweight or obese and had recently received a diagnosis of type II diabetes or had developed a precursor to diabetes called impaired glucose tolerance. Those who ingested the ginseng extract took 3 grams (about a teaspoon) each day for 2 weeks, then 8 grams each day for another 2 weeks. The ginsenoside Re group took 250 mg (roughly the same weight as a vitamin pill) each day fo Continue reading >>

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  1. whm1974

    OK last night at Wal-mart I brought two gallons of Arizona diet green tea with ginseng. After drinking a glass or two of it, I then notice on the back of the jug "CONTAINS A SMALL AMOUNT OF HONEY. NOT FOR THE USE BY DIABETICS WITHOUT ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN".
    Is a CYA type notice, or is there something to this? I already drunk most of a gallon now and I'm not feeling any ill effects, but I want to be on the safe side.
    And yes I'm diabetic.

  2. timstorey1

    I am not a diabetic but my wife is Type-1 since she was 10 years old.
    So around here we monitor Dear Spouse's blood glucose levels often.
    I think that a saccharide is a saccharide and unless this fluid raises your blood glucose levels a lot, it should be OK, not different effect than eating something sweet.
    Good Luck

  3. whm1974

    Quote:
    I think that a saccharide is a saccharide and unless this fluid raises your blood glucose levels a lot, it should be OK, not different effect than eating something sweet.
    Good Luck
    Thanks. Well this is diet tea which why I brought it in the first place. I have to find my meter, but like I said I'm not feeling any ill effects.

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