Liver Protection: Antioxidant, and Ameliorative Effects of Ginger
We have seen in traditional medicines like Ayurveda how Ginger can help various health conditions (see: Health Notes on Ginger). The scientific press is also catching up with the ancient traditions (see Ginger: Dances through time) demonstrating that it could be a therapy having a number of pharmacological properties.
Abdel-Azeem et al investigated efficacy of ginger pretreatment in alleviating acetaminophen-induced acute hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) in an animal model system.
Measurements were made via an increase in plasma alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), arginase activities, and total bilirubin concentration.
Ginger or vitamin E treatment showed significant liver protective effect by lowering the hepatic marker enzymes (AST, ALT, ALP, and arginase) and total bilirubin. Ginger treatments showed reduced oxidative stress and significantly restored TAGs, and total protein levels.
Adverse alterations were substantially decreased by ginger and the data suggested that ginger can help to prevent hepatic injuries, alleviating oxidative stress in a manner comparable to that of vitamin E.
Ginger is used in the handcrafted green tea herbal infusions by The Wise Herb Company.