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Ginseng helps treat, prevent the flu: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 21, 2014

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It has long been touted as a way to treat the common cold, but new scientific research shows ginseng can help treat and prevent the flu.

In two studies, Sang-Moo Kang of Georgia State University found Korean red ginseng extract improves the survival of human lung epithelial cells infected with influenza virus and reduces the expression of genes that cause inflammation.

Along with helping people prevent or treat the flu, the extract also helps those with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which infects the lungs and breathing passages.

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Ginseng has antiviral effects, Kang found, and inhibits the virus from replicating in the body.

One study has been published in the journal Nutrients while a second study will appear in an upcoming edition of the International Journal of Molecular Medicine.

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