Ginger may have a potential effect in the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, some scientists suggested.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis and chronic low-grade inflammatory disease associated with immune system mistakenly attacks the joint tissue.
According to the statistic, in the US over 1.3 million Americans were affected by rheumatoid arthritis compared to 1% of the worldwide population.
However, they do know the increase in age, family history, gender, environment, smoking, and obesity are some prevalent risk factors of RA.
In fact, lifestyle is some preventable risk factors which have been found to elevate the risk RA in the Western world.
Dr.Kathleen Chang, the lead scientist, in the study "Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis" clearly suggested that by following a healthy lifestyle, RA may be preventable.
The Doctor team continued " Recent developments have shed light on the pathophysiology of RA in smokers, including oxidative stress, inflammation, autoantibody formation, and epigenetic changes".
And "The association of smoking and the development of RA have been demonstrated through epidemiologic studies, as well as through in vivo and animal models of RA.
These results indicated a significant change of RA risk just by quitting cigarette smoking.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or ginger root, the second superfood used for thousands of years by mankind, is the genus Zingiber, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to Tamil.
The root has been used in traditional and Chinese medicine to treat dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, edema, difficult urination, colic, etc.
On seeking alternative therapy for patients with chronic, painful diseases, a research team at the Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol investigated the potential of hydroalcoholic extract of Zingiber officinale rhizomes (Z. officinale extract) in ameliorating inflammatory process in rat rheumatoid arthritis.
Application of Z. officinale extract at the doses higher than 50 mg/kg/day intraperitoneally showed a significant effect in boosting the immune activity in rat with rheumatoid arthritis.
However, further data collection large example size and multi-centers studies performed with human consumption of the whole food during the course of the disease will be necessary to complete the picture of ginger anti-rheumatoid arthritis possibilities.
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(1) Zingiber officinale: A Potential Plant against Rheumatoid Arthritis by Al-Nahain A1, Jahan R2, Rahmatullah M. (PubMed)
(2) Protective effects of ginger-turmeric rhizomes mixture on joint inflammation, atherogenesis, kidney dysfunction and other complications in a rat model of human rheumatoid arthritis by Ramadan G1, El-Menshawy O. (PubMed)
(3) Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis by Kathleen Chang,1 So Min Yang,2 Seong Heon Kim,3 Kyoung Hee Han,4 Se Jin Park,5 andJae Il Shin. (PubMed)