When it comes to ageing, two drivers of age-related disease go hand-in-hand: oxidative stress and inflammation. Molecules called free radicals orspecies ( ) are a normal product of the chemical reactions that occur within cells, and are usually mopped up by antioxidants. However, as we age, our cells’ ability to keep at bay declines. Unchecked can damage proteins, , and other components vital for cells, potentially leading to their death. This in turn causes inflammation, which is a major driver of age related diseases such as , heart disease and diseases.
Ginger is a herb that can potentially counter oxidative stress and inflammation. It contains 6-In this paper, researchers reviewed the evidence as it stands. Here are their key findings:and 6- , two major active components with and antioxidant properties. But is actually effective at preventing or ameliorating age-related diseases?
The authors conclude that there is good evidence thatlowers inflammation and has antioxidant effects, and has potential as an anti-ageing supplement. However, research is currently limited to certain age-related diseases, particularly when it comes to human studies. For example, we don’t know the effects of ginger on muscular diseases, which are a major concern for elderly people. There is also a need for further studies that investigate optimal dosages, as well as the exact mechanisms by which ‘s active compounds act.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in the Prevention of Ageing and Degenerative Diseases: Review of Current Evidence: doi: 10.1155/2019/5054395