According to a recent study by researchers at the Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran, ginger lowers blood sugar levels.
This study involved 88 people, all being middle aged, overweight and suffering with type-2 diabetes. Further each participant had suffered the disease for at least 10 years. The research team gave one group 3 capsules daily containing 3 grams of ginger per capsule and 3 identical-looking placebo capsules to the second group, i.e. these capsules contained nothing that would have an effect on the outcome of the study.
All members of both groups took their regular medicines throughout the trail period.
The critical outcome of the trail was that the group that took the ginger capsules saw a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels at the end of the 8 week trial.
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. Both groups ended up around the 130-135 mark. This equates to a circa 23% reduction in sugar blood levels for the ginger takers!!
A word of warning from Chris Woollams: Ginger may conflict with some blood clotting medications.
More About Ginger
Wikipedia advises: Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems about a meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades.
Chris Woollams advises that ginger is an excellent root vegetable used to combat inflammation in the body. Grating ginger into hot water with lemon can nip colds in the bud.
Here are some facts as to the nutritional value of 100grams of ginger:
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||8%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||10%|
Some known benefits of using ginger
- Ginger extracts can help reduce inflammation
- Ginger may be able to reduce migraine pain
- Ginger can help combat nausea
- The side effects and drug interactions; (as mentioned at the beginning of this article), ginger may lower blood pressure.
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