In recent years, metabolic syndromes, including diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular diseases, have become a common health problem in the world.
Accumulating data have suggested that traditional herbs might be able to provide a wide range of remedies in prevention and treatment of metabolic syndromes.
A new science review notes that recent epidemiological and clinical studies have built a consensus that ginger has beneficial effects against obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and related disorders–more commonly referred to as metabolic syndrome.
Ginger has these effects by regulating fat metabolism, suppressing carbohydrate digestion, modulating insulin secretion and response, inhibiting oxidative stress, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
Studies have also identified the mechanisms and cellular molecules involved.
The review is published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.