Ginger reduced inflammation, improved lipids

Doctors analyzed findings from nine studies covering 449 people who had taken one to three grams of ginger per day for study durations of eight weeks to three months.

Overall, those taking ginger saw the inflammatory factor C-reactive protein decline by an average of 0.84 milligrams per liter of blood, regardless of the dose of ginger in the study. The ginger groups also had lower levels of an enzyme involved in inflammation, and fewer pro-inflammatory proteins.

Average triglyceride levels declined by 1.63 mg/dL, and HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased by 1.16 mg/dL. Fasting blood sugar levels declined by an average of 1.35 mg/dL, and long-term average blood sugar levels declined by one percentage point, a finding doctors said was quite significant. The phenols, polyphenols, and flavonoids in ginger may provide these blood-sugar lowering effects.Doctors said supplementing with ginger may be an effective means of preventing and managing heart and circulatory diseases.

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