Ginger is surely more than just being one of the common spices, and an ancient Asian remedy. Here is another reason why this Asian-root should be included on your supermarket shopping list.
According to latest study by University of Sydney, ginger helps manage high blood sugar levels that create complications in long-term diabetics, as it has the potential to control blood glucose by using muscle cells, independently of insulin.
Lead researcher and Prof. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Bail Roufogalis, said that ginger extracts obtained from Buderim Ginger were able to increase uptake of glucose into muscle cells, independently of insulin, thereby helping long-term diabetic patients, and helping them to operate without dependency on insulin.
The main components responsible for the increase in glucose were gingerols, the major phenolic components of ginger rhizome.
Under normal conditions, blood glucose level is strictly maintained within a narrow range, and skeletal muscle is a major site of glucose clearance in the body.
The researchers extracted whole ginger rhizomes from Buderim Ginger, and showed that one fraction of the extract was most effective in reproducing increased uptake of glucose by the whole extract in muscle cells grown in culture. This fraction was rich in gingerols, the major phenolic components of Ginger rhizome.
In the case of type 2 diabetics, the capacity of skeletal muscle to use up glucose is considerably reduced, due to impaired insulin signal transduction and inefficiency of the GLUT4. More, human trials are underway on this subject.
Diabetes is a condition wherein, the amount of glucose in blood is too high, as the body is unable to use it efficiently. This is because the pancreas does not produce insulin, or are not enough to help glucose enter your bodys cells, or the insulin produced does not work properly, known as insulin resistance.
Ginger has numerous health benefits even otherwise. But, the fact that ginger controls diabetes particularly comes as good news, to many who suffer from long-term diabetes-related complications, such as cataract, indigestion, irregular bowel movements and much more.