Ginger is an indispensable spice that has a pungent and sharp aroma that adds a robust spicy flavor to various foods and drinks, in fact, it is a common ingredient that has long been used in various home remedies to treat and manage health conditions.
Can ginger cure diabetes? This is a question that has been trending in the wellness industry. In this article i am going to give you a clue, keep reading.
What is Diabetes
Diabetes on the other hand is a metabolic conditions that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. If not managed carefully, diabetes can lead to high blood sugar, which is bad! Diabetes can occur in different types and managing it depends on the type,
Types of Diabetes
There are three major types of diabetes, they are:
- Type 1 Diabetes: Also known as Juvenile diabetes, this type occurs when the body fails to produce insulin, therefore people with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin to stay alive.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Also known as Insulin Resistance, this diabetes affects the way the body uses insulin, this is the most common type of diabetes.
- Gestational Diabetes: this type is common with pregnant women during pregnancy. The body become less sensitive to insulin. However, it doesn’t occur in all women and usually resolves after birth.
Causes of Insulin Problem
The exact causes of type 1 Diabetes is not yet known, but type 2 Diabetes has obvious causes. Insulin helps to disperse the glucose from the food we eat to certain cells in the body where they will be used.
Causes of Insulin Resistance.
- The body try to make extra insulin to process the excess blood glucose.
- Some people has genes that makes them unable to make enough insulin to cover the amount of glucose they consume.
- The increase demand of insulin can make the pancreas not to be able to keep-up and the excess blood sugar begin to circulate in the bloodstream.
- Overtime the insulin becomes less effective.
Benefits of eating ginger for type 2 diabetes
Ginger is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance, that has several benefits for certain conditions like nausea, vomiting, arthritis, pain in joint e.t.c,. Research produced thus far may suggest promise for including the spice in a diabetes treatment plan.
- A “review published in the journal of ethnic foods”, suggested taking ginger supplements may help reduce A1c levels. A1c is a common diabetes test that measures Average blood sugar level over a two-three month period.
- A “review published in November 2012, in the journal evidence based complementary and alternative medicine” shed more light on the blood sugar regulating effects of ginger, after analyzing their lab experiments, the authors concluded that ginger inhibits enzymes that affect how carbohydrates and insulin are metabolized.
- The presence of gingerol helps transfer glucose into cells without using insulin.
Ginger has shown a positive effects on blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Try these delicious ginger recipes.
- Carrot and ginger soup
- Ginger apple and lemon juice (Effective detox)
- Honey ginger lemonade.
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