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Ginger in the prevention of Atherosclerosis or other lipid-binding diseases

June 13, 2013

Atherosclerosis — hardening and narrowing of the arteries — is a progressive process that silently and slowly blocks arteries, putting blood flow at risk.

Gingerol, a component of Ginger,  is under investigation for a variety of therapeutic uses. The initiating step in atherosclerosis is proteoglycan synthesis leading to increased binding of low-density lipoproteins.  TGF-β facilitates this process. Kamata et al evaluated the effects of (S)-[6]-gingerol on these TGF-β-mediated proteoglycan changes to explore its potential as an anti-atherosclerotic agent.

Ginger is a key herbal component in The Wise Herb Company handcrafted recipes.

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