As mentioned in a previous post, generally, recognized as safe, ginger can cause heartburn and other side effects, usually in powdered form. It may interfere with the effects of anticoagulants and adversely affect individuals with gallstones. However, there are many health benefits associated with the use of ginger, and getting more ginger in your diet could add years to your life. Here Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com, reflects on ginger as a viable antidote and protective agent:
“After getting “substantial attention” from researchers around the world, a clinical review confirms that ginger (Zingiber officinale) serves as a viable antidote and protective agent against fatal poisoning from such agents as pesticides, environmental pollutants, heavy metals, bacterial and fungal toxins and even some cosmetic products and medications.
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Published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, the study1 acknowledges the protective effects of ginger and its phytochemicals against natural, chemical and radiation-induced toxicities. It also holds an “arsenal of metabolites” with numerous health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic (programmed cell death-inducing) properties.
The researchers concluded that the properties in ginger could (and should) encourage additional study in regard to alleviating damage from radiation and chemotherapy in cancer treatments, as well as ways it could be used to offset the chemical toxicity of some of the previously mentioned toxins, as well as industrial pollutants, alcohol, smoking and/or prescription drugs.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one condition that has shown vast improvement with the use of ginger. One study stated that several mechanisms are at work in this chronic condition that’s reaching epidemic proportions, and inflammation is one of the main contributors.
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There’s evidence that supplementing with ginger or increasing it in your diet could increase the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions, such as diet modification and increased physical activity, compared to lifestyle interventions alone.2 In fact, there’s evidence that with obesity and fatty liver disease, both attributed to the liver, ginger in any form may prove to be an essential strategy for both liver detoxification and as a support strategy.
Trial and Error in Ginger Studies
Ginger has been used for millennia in areas of India and China for much more than adding a sweet/spicy flavor to foods and drinks. It’s proved over time to be a popular remedy to soothe away headaches, nausea, particularly motion sickness, and to treat several problems related to digestive health as well as pain and inflammation from arthritic conditions, to mention but a few.
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But even up to the present century, studies with titles touting the benefits of ginger on conditions like obesity used rats as study subjects rather than humans.3 Dr. Michael Greger, creator behind the Nutrition Facts website, cites a 2017 study that suggests the “lack of clinical studies may be attributed to numerous factors, including ethical issues and lack of commercial support.”4 In the featured video, Greger wryly asks:
“Wait; why don’t they just do human clinical studies? The ‘lack of clinical studies may be attributed to,’ for example, ‘ethical issues’ and ‘limited commercial support.’ Limited commercial support I can see; ginger is dirt cheap. Who’s going to pay for the study? But ethical issues? We’re just talking about feeding people some ginger!”5
A number of studies on ginger for weight management have been relatively easy and inexpensive, he observes, but sometimes based on faulty premises. “Maybe ginger consumption is just a marker of more traditional, less Westernized, junk food diets,” he contends. “You don’t know — until you put it to the test.”
Considerations for Testing the Effects of Ginger on Humans
As such, a randomized, controlled trial6 was conducted to evaluate the results of taking 1 teaspoon of ginger (about 5 cents’ worth, Greger notes) in a teacup of hot water.”
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