RED Korean ginseng or the Panax ginseng has potential properties that prevent flu virus infections, according to a study.
Influenza A is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the human respiratory tract. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), seasonal influenza (now aggravated by coronavirus) causes annual global pandemics that lead to about 500,000 deaths every year.
In the study, the red Korean ginseng extract improved the survival rate of human tissue cells in the lungs infected with the virus. The treatment also reduced the appearance of inflammation-causing genes.
In another study using the mouse model, findings showed that mice orally administered with the extract stimulated antiviral production of proteins, important in the immune response. The extract inhibited the growth of the flu virus into the bronchial walls.
The researchers have found that ginseng may have potential beneficial effects in preventing flu virus infections and can stop the virus from modifying the immune functions of the body.