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ginseng

Root extract that may have potent antioxidant properties (potentially anti-cancer) and may promote wound healing. Whether or not it can have an impact on cellulite is unknown.

(Sources: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, April 2006, pages 2558–2562; Phytotherapy Research, January 2005, pages 65–71; Archives of Pharmacal Research, February 2002, pages 71–76; and Cancer Letters, March 2000, pages 41–48).

A small number of studies carried out on animals have shown that ginseng may have anti-tumor, anti-cancer, and wound-healing properties (Sources: Journal of Korean Medical Science, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 38–41; and Cancer Letter, March 2000, pages 41–48), although there is also research showing that it can stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (Source: Menopause, March–April 2002, pages 145–150).

There is also in vitro research showing it can stimulate collagen production (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2007, pages 29–34). There is no evidence indicating that it has any benefit or risk when applied topically in skin-care products.

Red Ginseng Root Extract Mixed with Torilus Fructus and Corni Fructus Improves Facial Wrinkles and Increases Type I Procollagen Synthesis in Human Skin: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

Source
Soyun Cho, Chong-Hyun Won, Dong Hun Lee, Min-Jung Lee, Serah Lee, Seung-Ho So, Seong-Kye Lee, Bon-Suk Koo, Na-Mi Kim, and Jin Ho Chung. Journal of Medicinal Food. December 2009, 12(6): 1252-1259. doi:10.1089/jmf.2008.1390.

Published in Volume: 12 Issue 6: December 30, 2009

Cultivated ginseng suppresses ultraviolet B-induced collagenase activation via mitogen-activated protein kinases and nuclear factor κB/activator protein-1-dependent signaling in human dermal fibroblasts. Source Nutrition Resource 2012 Jun;32(6):428-38. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.04.005. Epub 2012 May 29. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

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