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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredBecause ginseng is currently being researched and tested on humans, it is not completely clear how it works. It has been found to have antioxidant properties, which may improve the health of people with heart conditions. These antioxidant agents also may work to lower “bad” or low-density lipoprotein, LDL, cholesterol. Ginseng contains ginsenosides and polysaccharides, which are chemicals that have been found to lover blood sugar levels in the body and boost the immune system. Ginseng has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Its safety and effectiveness is currently being researched and has not been proven.
David L. Katz, MD,MPH, Integrative Medicine, answered
Preventive Medicine Specialist Dr. David Katz explains what ginseng is and how it works. Watch Dr. Katz's video for information on preventive medicine and overall wellness.