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Review Of Previous Studies Reveals Ginseng Not As Potent As Believed

December 1, 2010: 11:45 PM EST

A review conducted in China of several trials that studied the effects of ginseng on cognitive function has revealed that it has no beneficial effects on study subjects’ cognition. It is currently a best-seller in the global herbal market but, although it does appear to have some benefits for cognition and quality of life, the study concluded that there was a lack of credible evidence showing that Panax ginseng enhances cognitive capability in healthy participants, and little in the way of quality evidence that it benefits patients with dementia. The review also recommended the need for more thoroughly designed studies that would look deeper into the herb’s supposed health benefits.

Geng JinSong, Dong JianCheng, Ni Hengjian, Lee Myeong Soo, Wu Taixiang, Jiang Kui, Wang GuoHua, Zhou Ai Ling, Malouf Reem, "Ginseng for cognition", Cochrane Database Review, December 01, 2010, © The Cochrane Collaboration
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