Category: Diabetes & Complications

Impressive Health Benefits and Uses Of Ginger

Introduction

Ginger is also known as Zingiber officinale is often touted as a sick day panacea in the ancient Ayurvedic zones. Ginger is most delicious and healthiest spice in the world that will make you gluttony.

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Impressive Health Benefits and Uses Of Ginger

  • It’s root is loaded with immense nutrients and its benefits cover a lot of ground. It is beneficial to the body as well as for the brain, making you skilled & sharp.
  • It is considered a super food for anti aging, ‘stay younger and live longer.’ In health it is beneficial in arthritis and osteoarthritis, prevents cancer, enhances respiratory functions, subsides nausea and pain, increases appetite and strengthens your immune system, which gets strong enough to deal with any kind of disease.
  • Since centuries it is used to drive away common cold, flu and help in digestion.
  • This spice is amazing in enhancing your libido, reducing obesity and minimizing pain during menstrual periods.
  • It can be used in various ways and is versatile enough to be consumed in so many different ways, can be added to your smoothies, grate some of it on a stir fry, add it in some soup or you can sip your ginger tea.

By this time you must be having ginger in your kitchen and let me explain some benefits in detail:

Medicinal Benefits

  • Ginger contains Gingerol, the main player that provides so many  powerful medicinal benefits.
  • It belongs to a family that is closely related to turmeric, galangal and cardamom.
  • Mostly the underground part of the stem – the rhizome, is used as a spice.
  • It can be used in a fresh form, dried or powdered form, or can also be used as a soup or juice, as oil can also be added to processed foods and cosmetics.
  • Mostly acts as an ingredient in cooked dishes, at least in India.
  • Its incongruous fragrance and flavor come from its natural oil called Gingerol.
  • It is the main bio-active compound in ginger that possesses medicinal properties in huge numbers.
  • It has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Ginger’s effect on Nausea:

  • Ginger is immensely effective in cases of nausea. The people who get the chemotherapy done may begin vomiting and nausea after surgery, it reduces that. It is quite effective in nausea during pregnancy and especially when facing the morning blues.
  • Although ginger is very safe to use but before proceeding better consult your doctor.
  • Don’t know if it is gossip or a fact that consuming it in excess can cause miscarriage to the pregnant ladies and ‘anything in excess is always bad.’ Research on this subject is done very less and needs further research.

Helpful in Osteoarthritis

  • Helps in osteoarthritis as it is an anti-inflammatory: Osteoarthritis has become the most common problem worldwide due to our lifestyle changes and the food intake currently. It involves the degeneration of the joints, causing pain and stiffness, restricting our physical movements.
  • A study was conducted to judge the facts and it was found that people who ate ginger need less pain medication than those who do not eat it.
  • Another study told us that when ginger is combined with mastic, cinnamon, and sesame oil  and applied topically to reduce the pain and stiffness showed great results.

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Ginger is beneficial in diabetes:

  • More research is needed, but has a strong ability to control blood sugar levels, which is the main culprit for causing heart attacks.

People also found that ginger helped in lowering the level of;

  • hemoglobin A1c
  • apolipoprotein B
  • apolipoprotein A-1
  • malondialdehyde

Certain dietary complications are dealt by ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Helps in Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia):

  • The upper part of your stomach gets horrible feeling when you get struck by chronic indigestion (dyspepsia). It is evidently true that the delayed emptying of the stomach causes this disease to spread its wings.
  • Ginger accelerates the movement of the stools and pushes them out of the body in a fast manner.
  • An experiment was done to see the effects and it was found that normally a person used to empty his stomach after eating normal food after 16 minutes and after eating ginger laced diet began emptying in 12 minutes.

Useful in Menstrual Periods

  • Ginger reduces the pain that happens due to troubles during menstrual periods in females:
  • When the females have unusual menstrual cycles and feel the pain, 1 gram of ginger powder taken everyday reduces the chances of pain, if taken in the first 3 days of the period.
  • Even traditionally it was used to bring relief to the females who had trouble with their menstrual periods.

Helps in Preventing Cancer:

  • The dreadful name cancer tells the story that it is a very serious disease, which happens due to an uncontrolled build up of abnormal cells.
  • It’s ingredient, 6-gingerol, a substance that is found in large amounts in raw ginger has anti-cancer properties.
  • In a study that was conducted on many individuals 2 grams of ginger everyday significantly lowered pro-inflammatory molecules in the colon.
  • Ginger has provided evidence that it helps and is quite effective in pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Enhances brain power and helps in Alzheimer’s disease:

  • The aging process speeds up when one remains tense and has chronic inflammation. These are believed to be the main drivers that lead to Alzheimer’s disease and age-related psychological decline.
  • But the studies on ginger suggest that bio-active compounds and anti-oxidant properties do inhibit inflammatory responses that keep happening in brains.
  • Strong evidence shows that ginger can enhance the brain functions it also displayed that ginger consumption enhances reaction time and improving memory.
  • Lots of studies in animals showing that ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function. More research is required.

Conclusion:

  • Ginger is not called super food in ignorance, but has numerous properties that make it special, especially in an Ayurvedic world as lots of remedies are made using ginger’s exclusive features to heal so many diseases.
  • You can buy it from your local grocery store or order online as it doesn’t lose its immense power even when it gets dry or is used in powder form or in any other way.
  • Just make sure that the ginger is in organic form and not laced with sprays or other chemicals to reap in the maximum benefits.

Ayurvedic Herbs to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes Herbal RemediesIn this shloka the symptoms of madhumeh are

  • One who passes the urine which is astringent by nature , sweet, pale and rough should be diagnosed as a case of madhumeh which because of the vitiation of vata dosha.

(Reference: Charak Samhita (Nidan Sthan): Chapter- 4 and Shloka-44)

As per Ayurveda Aspect:

  • Diabetes is correlated with madhumeh or prameh. It is described by Acharya charak in charak Samhita Nidan sthan. Prameh is a tridoshaj disease but initially, it starts with the derangement of Kapha Dosha. Excessive intake of kapha prakopak ahara vihara can lead to the vitiation of Kapha Dosha. Symptoms related to prameha are krisha (asthenic), Rauksha (dryness in the skin), Bahu pipasa (Excessive thirst), sthula (obese) and bahuasi (Excessive hunger).

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Aetiological classification of diabetes (prameha):

  • One type is Sahaja meha which is hereditary and another one is apathyanimitajja which is acquired.

Types of prameha according to Acharya Charak:

Aphaja Prameha:

  • Udakameha, ikshubalika, sandrameha, Sandera prasadameha, shuklameha, shukrameha, siktameha, sitameha, shanairmeha and alalameha.

Pittaja prameha:

  • Kshurdrameha, kalameha, nilameha, lohitameha, manjishthameha and haridrameha.

Vataja prameha:

  • Vasameha, majjameha, hastimeha and madhumeha.

As per modern aspect:

  • Diabetes is a condition which impairs the ability of the body to process blood glucose and is a group of metabolic diseases marked by the high blood glucose level resulting from defects in insulin production. Lack of insulin production affects the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins which in turn causes disturbance of water and electrolyte homeostasis.
  • Having pre-diabetes can put you at a higher risk of getting type2 diabetes. Diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, and kidneys and may also cause heart disease.

Type of Diabetes

What Are the types and Symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can be of three types:

  1. Type 1
  2. Type 2
  3. Gestational Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes:

  • This condition is also known as juvenile diabetes and can occur when the pancreas fails to produce insulin due to loss of beta cells. An individual with type 1 diabetes is mostly insulin dependent, which means the individual must take artificial insulin to stay alive. So, it is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM).

Type 2 diabetes:

  • In this condition, the pancreas still produces insulin but fails to  resists the insulin properly, unlike in type 1 and it affects the way the body uses insulin. It has strong links with obesity and lack of exercise. This condition is also referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes:

  • This occurs in pregnant women during pregnancy when the body becomes less sensitive to insulin. It does not occur in all pregnant women but when occurs, then it usually resolves after giving birth.

In type 1 diabetes mellitus the symptoms may develop rapidly (weeks or even months)

Symptoms related to diabetes are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Blurring of vision
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin infections
  • Tingling sensation in hands and feet
  • Darkening of skin complexion
  • Irritability
  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in upper and lower limbs

Ayurvedic Herbs to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae):

  • In Hindi language, gurmaar is known as “The sugar killer” and  it has been used in Ayurveda since ages for controlling the blood sugar level  Extract of this herb plays an important role in reducing the craving for sugar.
  • Some researchers have shown that it contains molecules of gymnemic acid in the intestines and also inhibits its entry into the bloodstream.
  • It is the best and effective herb for the controlling of blood sugar levels that may contribute to insulin secretion and also cell regeneration that may contribute to blood sugar lowering capabilities.

Karela (Momordica Charantia):

  • Karela is also known as a bitter guard or bitter melon and is a unique vegetable-fruit that can be used as a medicine or food. This fruit has long been used as herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including type2 diabetes. It contains an active substance called charantin which has anti-diabetic properties  which can reduce the blood sugar levels. It also contains vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide and these substances work either individually or together that can help to reduce the blood sugar levels.

Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium):

  • The bark of vizaysaar is useful for diabetes. The bark of the tree is used to make a wooden glass and this glass is termed as “The miracle care for diabetes”. It increases the digestive fire and also increases the insulin production in the body.
  • Pour some water in the wooden glass and keep it for overnight and the water is consumed by the diabetic patients early in the morning on an empty stomach. The color of the water changes to brown and change this wooden glass after one month until the watercolor does not change.

Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga)

  • Saptrangi is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb used for diabetes. Its bark is very effective in controlling the diabetes. The main constituents of this herb are kotalanol and salicin which acts as glucose inhibitors. These inhibitors lower the risk of complications caused by diabetes mellitus.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

  • Ashwagandha is an effective herb which is especially used for diabetic neuropathy, fatigue, weakness and weight loss due to diabetes. This herb is adaptogenic which relieves stress and anxiety. Some researchers said that this herb is used to lower the blood sugar levels in the body by increasing the insulin secretion and improves the sensitivity of insulin in the muscle cells.
  • It can also reduce the cortisol levels because increased cortisol level may lead to high blood sugar levels in the body. Reduced cortisol levels help the body to deal with stressful situations and keep the sugar level under control.

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

  • Tulsi is popularly known as the holy basil and is known to be a significant part of ayurvedic medicines. Its leaves, seeds, and stems are edible and are used in various Indian delicacies. Being an anti-inflammatory, it can prove to be a cure to several diseases.
  • Tulsi is said to improve the pancreatic beta cell function and insulin secretion that further increases the uptake of glucose by muscles. Leaves of Tulsi has hypoglycemic properties which lower the blood sugar level and prevents further complications related to diabetes.

Fenugreek (Trigonells foenum graecum):

  • Fenugreek can improve the metabolic symptoms associated with type 1 and type2 diabetes. It contains high soluble fibers which are helpful in lowering the blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Its seeds are the richest source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, which help to protect the cells of the body from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.