ginseng keeps women young, improves mitochondrial function, antioxidant capacity and energy

You can’t live forever. But every little bit helps. One of those little bits is ginseng, an ancient herb that should know a thing or two about aging.

There are lots of mechanisms behind aging. And it looks like ginseng acts like a mechanic on a number of those mechanisms. Aging is associated with free radical damage. It is also associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. So, an innovative new study tested Korean red ginseng’s power over free radicals and mitochondrial DNA mutations and mitochondrial copy number, factors that affect mitochondrial function. If you can improve these two factors that contribute to aging, you should be able to improve aging.

The study included 63 postmenopausal women. It was double-blind and gave either a placebo or 2g of Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng) a day for 8 weeks.

Ginseng improved the women’s biological aging indicators. Their total antioxidant status increased significantly while it decreased in the placebo group. That means they had greater antioxidant capacity to fight off aging and disease causing free radicals. Their mitochondrial function also improved significantly more with both mitochondrial DNA mutations and mitochondrial copy number showing significantly better improvement.

The ginseng did not only improve biological aging, it also improved how well you age. In addition to the indicators of biological aging, the researchers also measured how energetic the women felt. They used a scale called the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS). While the women on the placebo improved by only an insignificant 1 point from 32 to 31, the women who were taking ginseng improved a significant 7 points from 34 to 27.

Nutrients 2021, 13(9), 3090

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