ginger reduces inflammation

Ginger has an incredible number of uses. Some of them may be because of an ability to reduce inflammation. That ability of ginger has now been proven.

There are several important natural anti-inflammatories, like bromelain and curcumin. Ginger is ready to take its place on that list.

A massive recent systematic review of controlled studies validated a remarkable number of uses for ginger. Many of them, like painful periods, arthritis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and asthma, suggest anti-inflammatory activity.

Now a systematic review and meta-analysis has put that idea to the test. It included 16 controlled studies that included 1,010 people. It found that ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory that significantly lowers inflammatory cytokines.

Specifically, ginger significantly reduces C-reactive protein, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. High sensitivity C-reactive protein is a more sensitive test that can detect even slight increases of CRP that are within the normal range. It can help determine risk of coronary artery disease.

Though ginger also seemed to improve interleukin-6 and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule, the improvement was not significant.

This study establishes ginger as a herb that can significantly reduce a number of inflammatory markers.

Cytokine. 2020 Nov;135:155224

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