According to a new study by researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran, ginger lowers blood sugar levels.
Studying 88 people (all middle aged and overweight) with type-2 diabetes, all of whom had had the disease for at least 10 years, researchers gave one group capsules of ginger powder (3 of one gram) or 3 identical-looking placebo capsules.
The patients were also taking their regular medicines.
Those who took the ginger capsules saw a significant decrease in blood sugar after 8 weeks.
According to the American Diabetes Association, fasting blood sugar levels for people with diabetes should range between 70 and 130 mg/dl. But by a quirk of fate the group that took the ginger were at 171 and significantly higher than the placebo group at 136. Yet both groups ended up around the 130-135 mark.
Fresh ginger is a terrific reducer of inflammation in the body, and grating ginger into hot water with lemon can nip colds in the bud.
But be careful: Ginger may conflict with some blood clotting medications.