Ginseng and High Blood Pressure

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last updated: May 2006

ginseng high blood pressureStudy found that Ginseng did not raise blood pressure

Researchers from the University of Toronto followed 52 adults diagnosed with high blood pressure for 12 weeks. Their 24-hour blood pressure and renal functions were monitored and analyzed. Results showed that daily ginseng intake of 3g did not raise blood pressure or damage kidney functions. The results were published in the Hypertension journal in April 2006.

Editor's Note - Study investigated North American Ginseng only

Ginseng preparation is widely used worldwide, especially in Asia, as an energy booster. It is interesting to know that ginseng did not raise blood pressure as we thought. However, it is very important to know that this study only investigated North American Ginseng, and not other types of ginseng. The author of the study suggested that future trials are needed to look into dosage-response as well as to examine other types of ginseng such as Oriental panax ginseng and Siberian ginseng. If your ginseng supplements do not indicate the origin, use it with caution.

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