Ginger & Cardiovascular Health: Anti-platelet Aggregation & Vasorelaxing mechanisms
In a study by Liao et al the bioactive fractions of the rhizomes of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) were studied. Ginger is a key component in several products of The Wise Herb Company including: CALM&RELAX, SLIM&FIT and UP&GO.
The identification of over 25 compounds was effected including a new compound, methyldehydrogingerol. The ginger compounds were investigated further to study their antiplatelet aggregation and vasorelaxing bioactivities.
Among the tested compounds, -gingerol and -shogaol showed potent anti-platelet aggregation bioactivity. Also, -gingerol inhibited the Calcium-dependent contractions in high potassium medium.
The results suggest the bioactivity of ginger in relation to anti-platelet aggregation and vasorelaxing mechanisms.