Ginger supplementation improves insulin sensitivity and some lipid levels in type 2 diabetes. In people who have insulin resistance, higher levels of insulin are needed to get sugar to enter into the cells. Metabolic syndrome is the condition where the body is trending towards diabetes; elevated insulin, lipid levels, and blood pressure.
Investigators assigned 64 subjects to take 2 grams of ginger or a placebo on a daily basis for 2 months. At the end of the trial, those who took the ginger had many beneficial results. They found that the supplementation with ginger decreased levels of insulin, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides compared to the placebo group. It also increased insulin sensitivity which decreases the stress on the pancreas.
So good news to those to either have diabetes or would like to avoid develop it, dig into your yummy culinary herbs to help keep your cells sensitive to insulin!
Bonus: As many of you may know already, cinnamon is also very good to maintain cellular sensitivity to insulin and glucose.
Mahluji S, et al. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2013 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print.]