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10 Facts you need to know about ginger

10 Facts you need to know about ginger

Scientifically known as Zingiber officinale and popularly in the north of the country as mangarataia, ginger is often sought in fairs and supermarkets for its beneficial effects on health. No wonder Ayurvedic medicine is indicated to reduce nausea and nausea.

From speculation to scientific substantiation of its benefits, many studies have been done to elucidate their actions in our body, although many of them performed in animals and not in humans, which does not diminish science's interest in this spice.

In the last decade some conclusions have already been drawn from the studies:

May help reduce nausea after chemotherapy sessions

Substantial research has revealed that ginger has properties which could exert multiple beneficial effects for patients who have nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy sessions. Bioactive compounds within the ginger rhizome, particularly the class of gingerol and shogaol compounds, interact with several pathways that are directly involved in the vomiting, and ways that could play secondary roles exacerbating symptoms.

These properties include 5-HT3 receptors, substance P and acetylcholine receptor antagonism; anti-inflammatory properties; modulation of cellular redox signaling, vasopressin release, gastrointestinal motility and gastric emptying rate.

May be beneficial for people with gastrointestinal cancer

Experimental studies have shown that ginger and its active components, including 6-gingerol and Ginger's anticancer activity is attributed to its ability to modulate various signaling molecules such as NF-? B, STAT3, MAPK, PI3K, ERK1 / 2, Akt, TNF-? ?, COX-2, cyclin D1, cdk, MMP-9, survivin, CIAP-1, XIAP, Bcl-2, caspases and other proteins regulating the growth of the cancer cell, causing its apoptosis (death) and avoiding spread throughout the body (metastasis).

May help prevent inflammation and increase immunity

Its bioactive components gingerol and shogaol have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and can act as a coadjuvant in the reduction of in it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

It may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

It has an antiplatelet effect, reducing the tendency of clots to form in blood vessels, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and help control blood pressure (hypotensive effect)

Despite the beneficial effects of ginger in our body, some care should be taken when ingestion:

May cause stomach discomfort

May cause stomach discomfort and diarrhea if ingested in excess, including triggering gastritis

May be harmful for people with hypertension

By contributing to the drop in blood pressure it may potentiate the hypotensive effect of medications used to control hypertension, which may be a risk for people with high blood pressure and who take medication to control it. Cardiac people should also avoid excessive consumption of ginger due to the risk of falling blood pressure.

May increase blood flow in menstruation

Although in small doses, ginger contributes to the reduction of excess menstrual blood flow can change blood clotting and trigger excessive bleeding.

May alter breast palatability

Breastfeeding mothers should avoid ginger because of the risk of altering the palatability of breast milk, as the terpene compounds found in the oily part of ginger are partially excreted by the mammary glands

It can be harmful to people with hemorrhoids

The safe consumption of ginger is at most 2 grams per day, if in powder form (which equals one teaspoon and up to 1 thin sliver 1 cm thick in shape Although the use of ginger to cure hemorrhoids is recommended in popular culture, this is not recommended by medicine because there is a risk of local irritation of the region where it is applied, generating a possible worsening of inflammation of the hemorrhoidal process.

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