Ginger, as an ingredient or a supplement in drink and food, may protect against variety of diseases, such as an obesity and chronic diseases.
According to a review, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ginger and its major constituents exert beneficial effects against diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and related disorders.
The focus of this research was on the different aspects of metabolic syndrome, a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome, according to this study affects a quarter of the world’s population, which raises the interest into potential strategies to treat and prevent it.
Along with pharmaceutical methods, metabolic syndrome was treated by non-pharmaceutical options. The ingredient that was used in most of the combinations was a ginger. This spice has a long history of use as an herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments, thanks to its various antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Behind ginger’s superfood powers, there seem to be many other benefits linked to this spice, such as, significant role in fat burning, insulin secretion and carbohydrate digestion.
In addition, ginger has an ability to inhibit oxidative stress, to act anti-inflammatory and to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also great of reducing atherosclerosis, preventing the buildup of dangerous fat in the arteries.
There were many experiments taken on animals. By feeding rats, for example, ginger has been shown to significantly reduce body weight and systemic inflammation, to protect against the harmful effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and to lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
The effects of ginger have been studied only in a few human clinical trials, likely because of challenges posed by the spice’s complex chemical composition and a lack of funding.
These studies have suggested that ginger can enhance calorie burn and reduce feelings of hunger, which associated with weight loss in overweight adults. The ginger is also been linked to positive changes in blood sugar, cholesterol, inflammatory proteins, blood pressure, and liver health.
How can ginger be consumed?
Conducted studies in humans have found various formulas, including capsules and tablets, but also powders dissolved into beverages. According to Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University, the science is still unclear about what dosages and which formulations, are best for obtaining clinical benefits.
St-Onge emphasizes the ginger’s composition of plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. He encourages to include it in the diet as it certainly won’t hurt—and might even help a great deal.
Along with its potential metabolic benefits, the ginger has also been shown to relieve menstrual cramps, nausea and muscular pain. He also advises using different flavorings like ginger instead of putting salt on the food.