Ginger root, or simply ginger, is a common spice people use during cooking.
Recent studies have found that ginger can provide lots of health benefits. Some of the benefits are quite important.
For example, one study reported by Wiley shows that ginger could help fight against obesity and diabetes.
The research reviewed recent epidemiological and clinical studies and found that ginger has beneficial effects against obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and related disorders.
All of these conditions together are commonly called metabolic syndrome.
The researchers found that ginger has these effects because it could regulate fat metabolism, suppress carbohydrate digestion, modulate insulin secretion and response, inhibit oxidative stress, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The researchers also identified the cellular mechanism of these effects.
This finding is in line with other studies that find traditional herbs may play an important role in the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndromes.
Another study shows that ginger could help lower cancer risk.
Many people like hot, spicy meals, but recent research has shown that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili pepper the hot flavor, may also cause cancer.
One study shows that the pungent compound in ginger 6-ginergol, could counteract capsaicin’s potentially harmful effects and hence lower cancer risk.
The study is published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
A third study shows that ginger could help ease nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness.
Herb-based formulations are widely used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
In this study, researchers compared the effects of ginger and vitamin B6 on morning sickness.
They enrolled 120 women who had nausea and vomiting and did not take any medications. The women were divided into three groups and were given vitamin B6, placebo, and ginger.
The results showed that one week after the treatment, the severity of symptoms reduced dramatically in 60.6% in the ginger group, 42.7% in the placebo group, and 61% in the vitamin B6 group.
In addition, 16% of vitamin B6 takers and 27.6% of ginger takers developed problems such as severe nausea and vomiting, stomachache and heartburn during the treatment.
The researchers suggest that ginger (around 1000mg a day) can improve nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. And there are no differences between ginger and vitamin B6.
The main side-effect in the ginger treatment is gastrointestinal effects, such as stomachache and heartburn. They can occur immediately after ginger consumption.
These side effects may be caused by ginger’s odor and taste. A more appropriate form like tablets may make it easier to use.
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