GINGER, the spice that puts a kick in your favorite foods, has been a go-to medicine for decades, being used to treat ailments such as colds, motion sickness, and arthritis pain.
A new study showed that it can also lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran, found that participants in the study who took the ginger capsules had a significant decrease in blood sugar after eight weeks.
The participants had been living with diabetes for at least 10 years, were randomly given either three daily one-gram capsules of ginger powder or three identical-looking sham capsules, in addition to their regular diabetes meds.
Researchers said the ginger could possibly inhibit hepatic phosphorylase, an enzyme that breaks down glucose storage molecules, called glycogen. When glycogen breaks down, blood sugar rises, so inhibiting this enzyme could theoretically lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes and your blood sugar still isn’t where you want it to be, despite following your doctor’s advice, it’s worth trying ginger to see if it helps normalize your levels.
However, ginger can increase the effects of blood thinners, so if you’re taking these drugs, don’t take ginger. Make sure to tell your doctor that you’re adding ginger to your regimen, and monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.