Ginger is the underground stem of the zingiber which is widely used as a medicine and also spice. Native to India, Africa, Australia, Jamaica and China and commonly used as a flavoring agent or spice in cooking and also as an alternative herbal medicine for problems such as indigestion and nausea and also used for fragrance in cosmetics and soaps. Ginger also contains iron, potassium, and fiber.
The ginger rhizome can use as fresh, powdered or dried, or as an oil or juice. It has a sharp and pungent aroma which adds a strong spicy flavor to the drink and food. Ginger is also low in calories and carbohydrates. Ginger also can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidation and improve cholesterol levels. It even helps with weight loss. Well known for having a great history for promoting the overall health of a person.
Benefits of ginger on diabetes
Over the years, using the ginger has shown reducing the blood glucose levels and help to regulate insulin response in individuals with diabetes. The anti-inflammatory property of ginger may assist in preventing some complications of diabetes.
A study published in natural product journal Planta Medica in August 2012 suggested that ginger may improve long-term blood glucose control for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Extracts from Australian grown ginger or Buderim ginger are rich in gingerols which is the major active component of ginger rhizome, without using the insulin it can increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells. Moreover, also may assist in management of high glucose levels
European journal of pharmacology published in December 2009, researchers reported that two different extract of ginger, oily extract, and spissum, interacts with the serotonin receptors to reveres their result on insulin secretion.
Treatment with extracts leads to a ten percent increase in plasma insulin levels and 35 percent drop in blood sugar levels.
A study published in molecular vision in the edition of August 2010 revealed that consuming a small dose of ginger helped in delay the onset and progression of cataract. Ginger contains a very low Glycemic Index (GI). As high GI foods do, they do not trigger a spike in blood glucose levels; low GI foods break down slowly to form glucose.
However, the studies have proved that ginger may be helpful in managing the blood glucose levels, before taking you should take some precautions. Do not eat more than 4 grams of ginger a day.
However the side effects are rare, there are chances to experience diarrhea, upset stomach and heartburn if you consume the ginger to a great quantity.
For recommended use, women who are pregnant should consult a doctor. However, Pregnant women should not eat more than one gram of ginger a day.
You should surely talk with your doctor if you are taking medications for blood pressure. Because of ginger can lower the blood pressure, there are chances of causing an irregular heartbeat.
Other health benefits of ginger
Ginger has got many medicinal properties and used in herbal therapies in Indian, Arabic and Chinese medicines for centuries to relieve pain, combat the common cold and to aid digestion. Gingerols which is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance is commonly used for reducing pain, swelling in patients who have arthritis, muscle complaints and suffering from other inflammation.
Without the gastrointestinal side effects, ginger is said to be effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other health benefits and used in treatment are:
* Menstrual pain
* Nausea and vomiting
* Upper respiratory tract infections or URTI
* Upset stomach
Availablity of ginger
Ginger is easily available in the supermarket and small grocery shops and available in both powders and as a vegetable. While ginger extract, essential oil, and ginger root supplement stocked by Asian stores and most health food companies.