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Korean Professor First to Discover Cardiac Disorder Prevention Effect from Ginseng 

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국제교류부 (hqiof) 2011/11/30 15:16:23
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Korean Professor First to Discover Cardiac Disorder Prevention Effect from Ginseng

Professor Jong-Hoon Kim from the Veterinary School has discovered that the saponin component in ginseng can improve the function of coronary arteries and potentially prevent cardiac diseases like myocardial infarction and angina.

The results from this research were submitted to and published by the European Journal of Pharmacology and 10 other academic journals, and they are in the process of applying for pertinent patents.

For this research project, Professor Kim’s team divided 60 rats into five groups and fed the rats saponin extracts from ginseng three days before inducing myocardial infarction. The hearts of the rats were then extracted and sustained through extracorporeal circulation. After triggering the myocardial infarction, the team observed various determining factors that could potentially prevent and suppress cardiovascular diseases. To study the effects saponin might have on angina, 14 pigs were injected with saponin in the coronary and examined for coronary artery spasms.

Upon examining the difference between the control groups and experimental groups, it was shown that the group that was fed saponin had significantly better records in blood pressure, artery blood flow, coronary blood flow, and kinemia.

The experiment for angina also proved that the pigs injected with saponin underwent coronary contraction that was 20% less than that of pigs without saponin.

Professor Kim said, “This research will later help develop medicine containing saponin from ginseng for prevention of myocardial infarction and angina.”

 

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