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2. Asian Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)
Asian ginseng helps the body to use glucose more effectively and to improve the effectiveness of insulin. Asian ginseng also enhances the way that the body metabolizes fats. This is important as many diabetics suffer from metabolic syndrome, which may lead to cardiovascular disease. The herb offers benefits for the entire body.
However, Asian ginseng may be too stimulating for some individuals, and could cause insomnia or headaches. It should not be used if you have hypertension or asthma, or if you are taking a class of antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO inhibitors).
The average dose of Asian ginseng is six grams daily. Users must be careful to obtain the herb from reputable sources because poor quality ginseng or other species are sometimes sold as Asian ginseng.