#5 Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
Scientists are excited about discovering the possible link between ginger and reduced rates of diabetes.
A recent study found that in patients with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger daily lowered their blood sugar (fasting levels) by 12%. Dramatic improvements in HbA1c, which is a marker for long-term blood sugar levels) were also seen, with a 10% reduction over a period of 12 weeks. The study was only done with 41 patients, so more work needs to be done.
There was also a 28% reduction in the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio, and a 23% reduction in markers for oxidized lipoproteins. These are both major risk factors for heart disease.
This graph shows what happened:
While the results are certainly impressive, more studies need to be done before scientists and medical professionals know which route to go.
Good to Know: Ginger may be able to to lower blood sugar levels and some studies believe improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.