Ginger may help cardiovascular health

Doctors were interested in the effects of ginger on chronic diseases in younger and older adults.

In this study, doctors measured the diets of 4,628 men and women, aged 18 to 77, and compared levels of ginger in the diet to chances for various chronic diseases.

Overall, men and women who consumed ginger were 8 percent less likely to have high blood pressure and 13 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease (CHD). Doctors said the study suggested that consuming 2,000 mg to 4,000 mg of ginger per day could prevent chronic diseases.

While doctors aren’t sure how ginger delivers its health benefits, they believe ginger may inhibit the action of a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that constricts blood vessels, allowing blood vessels to relax and dilate.

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