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Botanical Associated with Reduced Mortality in Men

A new study evaluated the relationship between intake of an adaptogenic herb and mortality rates in adults, including all-cause mortality, cancer-related mortality and cardiovascular disease-related mortality. In the United States, cardiovascular disease and cancer are currently the two most common causes of death.

This new study investigated the consumption of Panax ginseng by 6,282 Korean adults 55 years of age and older. The subjects completed a questionnaire regarding their intake on Panax ginseng, as well as demographic characteristics such as education, occupation, health conditions at entry, lifestyle and diet. Blood pressure and body mass were also measured. The subjects were followed for approximately 18 years to evaluate mortality rates in this population. Sixty-nine percent of male subjects and 51 percent of females usedPanax ginseng.

The results of the study found that the Panax ginseng intake was associated with a decrease in all-cause mortality in both men and women. After adjusting for confounding factors, the association between Panax ginseng intake and decreased all-cause mortality remained significant for men but not for women. In fact, the data indicated a 10 percent reduction in mortality in the male subjects that used Panax ginseng. Additionally, the researchers' data showed that as the study participants use of Panax ginseng increased, the risk of death decreased proportionately.

The study also found that in women, intake of Panax ginseng decreased the risk of cancer-specific mortality, showing a decrease in cancer-related mortality by 16 percent in infrequent users and by 39 percent in frequent users of Panax, although this data was not found to be statistically significant.

The researchers stated, “The 18.8-year progressive cohort study showed that ginseng intake decreased all-cause mortality in older males.”

This article was published on Friday June 08, 2012.
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Yi SW, Sull JW, Hong JS, Linton JA, Ohrr H. Association between ginseng intake and mortality: Kangwha cohort study. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):921-8.