By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
Although in The US we mostly think of ginger as a cooking spice, the root of the Zingiber officinale plant has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times as a digestive aid and an anti-inflammatory helping to treat arthritis and the common cold. Researchers from the University of Sydney have also found that extracts may help improve long-term diabetic blood sugar control.
Basil Roufogalis, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and lead author of the study published in the journal Planta Medica, obtained extracts from Buderim Ginger, grown in Australia and recognized as the “World’s Finest Ginger.” The company exports to over 17 countries worldwide. The research team found that a component of the ginger, known as gingerol, was effective in increasing uptake of glucose by cells without the need of insulin.