Tag: inflammation

Health Benefits of Ginger

ginger tea

Ginger and Me

Every year about this time, I think I should get ambitious and make a gingerbread house from scratch – it still hasn’t happened.  I thought a little information about the health benefits of ginger might motivate you and me to include more in our diets through other means like stir-fries and curry.
Here’s the scoop, ginger helps:

  • Soothe ulcers
  • Morning sickness and motion sickness
  • Lower cholesterol and platelet clumping
  • Reduce inflammation

Time to go make a nice cup of ginger tea. Go overboard with ginger!

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The Health Benefits of Ginger(bread)

Every year I think I should get ambitious and make a gingerbread house from scratch – it still hasn’t happened. I thought a little information about the health benefits of ginger might motivate you and me to include more in our diets through other means like stir-fries and curry.

Here’s the scoop, ginger helps:

  • Prevent and soothe ulcers
  • Morning sickness and for motion sickness
  • Lower cholesterol and platelet clumping
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Prevent cancer

Sources:

Carcinogenesis. 2014 Jun;35(6):1320-9. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgu011. Epub 2014 Jan 15.
Enterohepatic recirculation of bioactive ginger phytochemicals is associated with enhanced tumor growth-inhibitory activity of ginger extract.
Gundala SR1, Mukkavilli R2, Yang C1, Yadav P3, Tandon V3, Vangala S2, Prakash S4, Aneja R5.

Food Funct. 2013 Jun;4(6):845-55. doi: 10.1039/c3fo30337c. Epub 2013 Apr 24.
A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe).
Haniadka R1, Saldanha E, Sunita V, Palatty PL, Fayad R, Baliga MS.

Resveratrol Significantly Improves Metabolism in Obese Men

Obese men given 150 mg per day of resveratrol, had significantly better blood pressure, white blood cells, leptin, markers of systemic inflammation, glucose, insulin, and triglyceride levels versus the control group with no adverse reactions in a recent study.

Source: Cell Metabol. 2011;14:612-622

 

How Fish Oils Work in Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

The GPR120 receptor is found only on pro-inflammatory macrophages in mature fat cells. When the receptor is turned off, the macrophage produces inflammation. Unchecked inflammation has been linked to insulin resistance, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.  When exposed to omega-3 fatty acids, specifically those found in fish oil, the GPR120 receptor is activated resulting in broad anti-inflammatory effects and improved systemic insulin sensitivity.

Source: journal Cell, 9-2-2010