Is Ginger Good For Type 2 Diabetes?
Ginger root is a common plant found in most grocery stores.
It's native to Asia, but is widely used as a spice across a variety of cuisines.
Today we'll talk about its health benefits and how it might be useful as part of a diabetes regimen.
How To Consume Ginger
If you aren't familiar with ginger, you might be wondering: how exactly are you supposed to consume it?
You can't just take it home from the store and bite it like an apple, so what exactly are you supposed to do with it?
The most common way to consume ginger is in tea.
You can buy prepackaged ginger tea in teabags, but those often lack the full nutritional value of fresh raw ginger.
If you want the full benefits of fresh ginger, just cut a few chunks and steep it in boiling water.
Add some lemon for a zesty and delicious warm beverage.
Alternatively you can get ginger supplements in pill form, which is an easy and convenient way to add ginger to your diet.
What Are The Benefits Of Ginger?
Ginger is thought to have a wide variety of health benefits, but for those with diabetes there are a few main functions to consider.
In an animal study from 2014 researchers gave rats with diabetes a mixture of ginger and cinnamon, and observed that the rats saw:
- Decreased Body Weight
- Reduced Body Fat
- Lower Blood Sugar Levels
- Improved Insulin Levels
Studies in humans have also found inspiring results, with many participants in a 2015 study seeing decreased A1C levels after 12 weeks of taking a ginger supplement.
Ginger As A Digestive Aid
Even though ginger has a lot of health benefits for those with diabetes, it's actually ginger's hidden super power that was the reason we included it in our Blood Sugar Support supplement.
The reason we included it is because ginger is known as a bioenhancer - essentially improving the body's ability to digest and and absorb other supplements.
Should You Incorporate Ginger Into Your Diet?
We think so!
Ginger is widely considered to be a healthy and safe to consume for adults, and thought to have a whole host of health benefits.
In terms of limits, you shouldn't consume more than 4g of ginger per day, and if you're pregnant, most sources suggest limiting intake to not more than 1g per day, although it's always best to check with your doctor if you have concerns.
It's tasty in tea, great as flavoring on fish, and simple to add to your diet in a supplement if you want to go that route.
Regardless of how you decide to consume it, we definitely recommend incorporating ginger into your diet as part of an overall strategy to fight back against diabetes.