TheInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition reveals published a very important study. Ginger, a very popular spice in the kitchen, can be a very successful method of treatment in preventing and curing diabetes and its side effects. Ginger comes from the plant family (Zingiberacea) as Curcuma. It is effective in preventing and curing type 2 diabetes. The study focusing on Curcuma was published in the American Diabetes Association’s own journal Diabetes Care.
The study with ginger was performed on 70 type 2 diabetes patients.
The patients were divided into two groups:
- the first group received 1600 mg of ginger,
- the second group received 1600 mg of placebo.
The treatments were given daily for 12 weeks. Patients’ blood sugar level, blood lipids level, C-reactive protein level, prostaglandin E2, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa) were recorded before and after the tests.
What were the results?
The group treated with ginger compared to the placebo-treated group improved (decreased) the following parameters:
- fasting blood glucose
- HbA1C (glycated hemoglobin) – measurement showing the damage in red blood cells caused by sugar,
HOMA (Homeostatic model assessment) – that measures insulin resistance and the function of pancreatic beta cells (insulin-producing cells),
- C-reactive protein (CRP) – markers of the inflammatory process,
- prostaglandins E2 (PGE2) – the markers of the inflammatory process.
There were no significant differences in HDL, LDL and TNFα between the two groups (p> 0.05).
The scientists arrived at the following conclusions:
“Ginger improved sensitivity to insulin and some lipidogram fractions. It decreased CRP and PGE2 levels in type 2 diabetic patients. Ginger can; therefore, be considered an effective treatment for the prevention of diabetic complications.”
How much ginger should you take?
The amount of ginger used in the study was 1.6 grams. In the study, participants received two 800 mg portions, twice a day, orally, delivered via capsules.
The doses were divided into two portions because the researchers came to an interesting conclusion: in some cases, there is a rule: the higher the dose of ginger, the lower its effectiveness.
Similarly, analyzing another rosemary study, it was found that a lower dose of 750 mg improves cognitive function, while higher doses – 6,000 mg did not give the same results.
This study shows that lower doses may be more effective than higher ones.