According to the study, ginger lowers blood sugar levels

Ginger extracts regulate blood sugar and lower the risk of complications from type II diabetes patients

The natural medicine ginger of traditional Chinese medicine can apparently regulate high blood sugar down again and thereby prevent serious health effects in type II diabetes patients. This was the finding of Australian scientists from the University of Sydney in the course of an extensive study.

Sustainable lowering of the blood sugar level
Apparently, regular intake of ginger extracts can sustainably lower blood sugar levels. Study leader Basil Roufogalis, professor of pharmaceutical drugs, and colleagues found that extracts of the Asian medicinal plant obtained support the absorption of glucose in the muscle cells regardless of insulin administration. “This could control increased blood sugar levels, which cause complications, especially in long-term diabetes patients. In addition, cells could work independently of insulin administration, ”explained Professor Roufogalis. “The components responsible for this increased ability to absorb glucose are called gingerols, which are the largest group of phenolic substances in the ginger root,” emphasized the researcher.

In the course of the research work, the scientists extracted whole roots of the ginger plant from the Australian region around Buderim. The research team found that only special parts of the root can effectively increase the absorption of glucose in the muscle cells. In the laboratory, the experts examined Dr. Colin Duke and Dr. Van Tran of the University's Pharmaceutical Faculty extracts. It came out that the extracts "have a high proportion of gingerols". This would particularly affect the 6- and 8-gingeroles.

Gingerols affect glucose intake
The scientists also investigated how gingerols influence glucose uptake. There was an "increase in the surface distribution of the protein GLUT4". If the special protein settles on the surface of the muscle cells, the glucose transport into the cells is made possible. "In type 2 diabetes patients, the gukosis uptake capacity of the skeletal muscles is significantly reduced due to an impaired insulin signal transmission and the ineffectiveness of the protein GLUT4. We therefore hope that these promising research results regarding the regulation of blood sugar levels will be further investigated in clinical studies, ”said Professor Roufogalis.

The research results were published in the specialist magazine "Planta Medica" at the beginning of August. For years, the researchers have been looking for ways to regulate blood sugar levels. Ginger now showed corresponding positive effects. In patients with type 2 diabetes, the ability of the muscles to absorb glucose is reduced due to impaired insulin signal transmission. However, further studies still have to follow.

Ginger in naturopathy
In naturopathy, extracts of ginger are used against bacteria, fungi, parasites and worms. In addition, some studies also showed lowering cholesterol and anti-inflammatory effects. In Asian medicine, ginger is also used to treat stomach ulcers. Some research also found that bile flow was promoted. Clinical studies showed an efficacy against nausea and vomiting as well as alleviation of the symptoms of the so-called motion sickness. The article has been updated. (sb)

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