Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu.
by Sayer Ji
With the prevalence of type 2 diabetes expanding rapidly on a global scale, and an estimated 366 million expected to be diagnosed with the condition by 2030, ginger's potential to alleviate suffering is truly amazing. It is safe, affordable, accessible and, according to a growing body of clinical research, a potential therapeutic agent for diabetes associated health problems.
A new study on ginger's health benefits to type 2 diabetics published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests that this household spice may provide millions suffering with the condition a natural alternative to diabetes medications many of which have serious, even life threatening, side effects.
This study follows closely on the heels of another, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, which showed that 1600 mg of ginger administered for 12 weeks improved 8 distinct markers of type 2 diabetes.
In the new study titled, “The effect …
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.