A recently published paper shows daily consumption of ginger may reduce the risk of such chronic conditions like high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
Over 4600 men and women over the ages of 18 participated in this study. Different intakes of ginger (0 – 2 grams/day, 2 – 4 grams/day and 4 – 6 grams/day) were given to assess the effects of these varying dosages on a range of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, anemia, cerebrovascular disease, coronary heart disease, fatty liver disease and hyperlipidemia.
Results showed an association between ginger and its ability to reduce the risks of developing hypertension by 8% and coronary artery disease by 13% in people over 18. Similar reductions were seen in participants over 40. However the benefits of ginger in the reduction of hypertension disappeared in individuals over the age of 60.
Although the reason for ginger’s abilities to reduce the risks of these 2 individual chronic diseases is not completely understood, it is believed to be related to ginger’s potential to inhibit the enzyme ACE (angiotensin1-converting enzyme) and its ability to prevent lipid peroxidation in the heart. These effects could also be linked to the polyphenols (plant based molecules that have antioxidant properties) which occur naturally in ginger.
Polyphenols are beneficial for skin protection, brain health, normal blood sugar support, immune system support, cardiovascular health and blood pressure support.
Researchers recommended a daily intake of 2 – 4 grams of ginger daily for the potential reduction in the risks associated with developing these chronic diseases. However larger studies are needed to confirm these findings.
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