Ginger contributes to diabetes control, points out Brazilian research

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The daily consumption of ginger contributes to the reduction of glycemia rates and cholesterol levels, helping to control type 2 diabetes, according to a Brazilian article published this Friday (9/10), in the Latin American Journal of Nursing (RLAE ).

The evidence came from the doctoral thesis of researcher Gerdane Celene Nunes Carvalho, defended in 2018, at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). She was looking for new strategies to avoid the acute and chronic complications of the disease.

“Herbal medicines are easily accessible, low cost and can serve as a complementary treatment,” said the researcher to Agência Bori.

The research involved 144 patients who were monitoring diabetes in Primary Health Care Units (UBS) in the city of Picos, Piauí, between December 2017 and June 2018. Only 103 completed the study, all maintained the treatment with the medications usual.

The volunteers were separated into two groups: experimental (47 people) and control (56); none of them knew which one it belonged to.

The first received two capsules of powdered ginger daily, equivalent to 1.2 g of the spice, for three months. These patients had a reduction of 20.3 mg / dl more in the glycemia rate than those who ingested the placebo.

Spice consumption was able to increase insulin synthesis, decreasing the body’s resistance to it. The effect allows blood sugar levels to be reduced.

Another benefit of ginger is its thermogenic action, which speeds up metabolism and reduces blood fat. According to the results observed in the research, the levels of glycated hemoglobin and total cholesterol also fell.

The researcher reinforces, however, that patients should not abandon traditional medicines. She suggests that herbal medicine be used as a complementary action and that it be prescribed by doctors.

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