Are you in the "early stages" of diabetes? Or has your doctor told you that you were at risk of getting diabetes? Of course, there are a lot of things you can do to help turn that around. My book, The Type 2 Diabetes Breakthrough, talks about them. But here's one really simple thing that meets all of my favorite criteria. It's safe, inexpensive, effective, and easy.
Recently, researchers looked at 88 men and women with diabetes. They gave half of them a placebo capsule every day. They gave the other half three grams of ginger powder. I'm not talking ginger extract or any other special preparation of ginger. This was just ginger powder. After two months, the results were remarkable.
The ginger group had a decrease in their fasting blood sugars of over 10% – and an additional 10% decrease in their A1c levels. Compare that to the placebo group, which saw a 21% increase in both of these tests. In addition, the ginger group had a statistically significant drop in their insulin levels combined with an increase in their insulin sensitivity. That's a perfect combination of effects. These results all by themselves are enough to completely turn around anybody in the early stages of diabetes without any other efforts. I call that amazing.
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If this were the only effect of ginger on our health, I would be more than happy. But ginger can do much more. One of its most important effects is that it reduces inflammation. Even the inflammation that happens after weight training. A study at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%. It is also good for migraine headaches, painful menses, and nausea. That holds true even for the nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.
Ginger is just another one of those examples of really good medicines that they don't tell you about in medical school. You can find ginger powder capsules everywhere. You can also just buy bulk ginger powder in the grocery store. The three gram dose in this study amounts to a little more than half of a teaspoon.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Talaei B, et al. The effect of ginger powder supplementation on insulin resistance and glycemic indices in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb;22(1):9-16.