International Journal of Medicinal Plants and Alternative Medicine
International Journal of Medicinal Plants and Alternative Medicine Vol. 4(1), pp. 001-004, October 2016 ISSN 2327-560X ©2016 Academe Research Journals
Daily dietary administration of a proprietary extract of North American ginseng results in progressive, transient but significant body weight gains in normal, elderly mice
Durairaj Punithavathi and Miller Sandra C*.
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University, 36 40 University St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0C7.
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Accepted 3 October, 2016
We have administered in vivo, a proprietary extract of North American ginseng (CVT-E002) to elderly (18 months) normal C3H mice for 8 months at which time half were converted to the control diet for another 3.5 months. Control mice were identical in every way, except their diet contained no CVT-E002. Body weights (b.w.), recorded weekly, revealed a progressive increase throughout the first 6 months, reaching a maximum and plateauing thereafter in spite of continued CVT-E002. Withdrawal of CVT-E002 resulted in a progressive decrease in b.w. toward control levels during the subsequent 3.5 months. The transient, CVT-E002-dependency of the b.w. increments negates the possibility of metabolic disease induction by this extract.
Key words: North American ginseng, body weights, elderly mice.
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