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Ginger: Latest on Health Benefits from the Science World

August 11, 2012

Antioxidant Properties:

A variety of Ginger components (gingerdione & shogaols) were studied by Li et al, for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

The antioxidant properties are manifested in these and furthermore, both 6-dehydroshogaol and 1-dehydro-[6]-gingerdione significantly suppressed the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) proteins in a concentration-dependent fashion.

 

The findings contribute to our theoretical understanding of the potential beneficial effects of consuming ginger as a food and/or dietary supplement.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Medicines like Hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQS) are used as anti-rheumatic drugs.  Ayurveda doctors treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with herbal formulations.  Chopra et al studied, head-to-head, Ayurvedic formulations and HCQS in the treatment of Arthritis. The Ayurvedic treatment contained herbs and spices like Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

In conclusion, this trial demonstrated a standardized Ayurvedic polyherb drug to be effective and safe in controlling active Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

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