Ginger benefits: Ginger root may 'reduce cholesterol' – and other health benefits


Listing the various uses of ginger root, the research team investigated the evidence for its anti-cancer proponents.

Ginger root is used to treat:

  • Nausea
  • Dysentery
  • Heartburn
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Infections
  • Cough
  • Bronchitis

“Experimental studies showed that ginger and its active components, including 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol, exert anti-cancer activities against gastrointestinal cancer,” the team noted.

“The anti-cancer activity of ginger is attributed to its ability to modulate several signalling molecules,” it explained.


What is gastrointestinal cancer?

Gastrointestinal cancer is a term to describe a group of cancers that can affect the:

  • Oesophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Colon (bowel)
  • Rectum
  • Anus
  • Liver
  • Biliary system
  • Small intestine

Ginger root reducing cholesterol

Research conducted by Tehran’s University of Medical Sciences, Iran, assessed the impact of ginger consumption on cholesterol levels.

Seventy people were randomly assigned into the ginger group or control group, and the participants didn’t know if they were consuming ginger or not.

The ginger group consumed 1600mg of ginger capsules for 12 weeks while the control group had a wheat flour placebo capsule.

What’s diabetes?

Diabetes is when there’s too much glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream, which can cause long-term health complications.

The excess glucose can irritate blood vessels, which may eventually lead to nerve damage among other health concerns.

Early indicators of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds

If you’re concerned you may have diabetes, a simple blood test arranged by a doctor can confirm a diagnosis.


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