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Neuroprotective Effects of Ginseng Phytochemicals: Recent Perspectives

by 1,2, 3,4, 2, 1,2,* and 1,5,*
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School of Pharmacy, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
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Experiment Center for Teaching and Learning, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
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Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
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Research Institute of KPC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kunming 650106, China
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Center for Pharmaceutics Research, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201203, China
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Academic Editor: David Popovich
Molecules 2019, 24(16), 2939; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24162939
Received: 12 July 2019 / Revised: 7 August 2019 / Accepted: 12 August 2019 / Published: 14 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Saponins)
As our global population ages, the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases is critical to our society. In recent years, researchers have begun to study the role of biologically active chemicals from plants and herbs to gain new inspiration and develop new therapeutic drugs. Ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Mey.) is a famous Chinese herbal medicine with a variety of pharmacological activities. It has been used to treat various diseases since ancient times. Extensive research over the years has shown that ginseng has potential as a neuroprotective drug, and its neuroprotective effects can be used to treat and prevent neurological damage or pathologically related diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, depression symptoms, and strokes). Moreover, evidence for the medicinal and health benefits of ginsenoside, its main active ingredient, in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases is increasing, and current clinical results have not reported any serious adverse reactions to ginseng. Therefore, we briefly review the recent research and development on the beneficial effects and mechanisms of ginseng and its main active ingredient, ginsenoside, in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hoping to provide some ideas for the discovery and identification of ginseng neuroprotection. View Full-Text
Keywords: neuroprotective effects; ginseng; Alzheimer’s disease; ginsenoside; Parkinson’s disease neuroprotective effects; ginseng; Alzheimer’s disease; ginsenoside; Parkinson’s disease
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Huang, X.; Li, N.; Pu, Y.; Zhang, T.; Wang, B. Neuroprotective Effects of Ginseng Phytochemicals: Recent Perspectives. Molecules 2019, 24, 2939.

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