Monday, 11 March 2019

Ginger, The Best Gastroprotective Functional Pungent Spice

Kyle J. Norton

Ginger may have a significant effect on the prevention and treatment of the gastrointestinal disorder, some scientists suggested.

Gastrointestinal disorders are medical conditions, involving esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum.

Most common gastrointestinal disorders are very mild associated with digestive discomforts that can be resolved in a few days.

The gastroprotective effect is an action that protects the gastrointestinal tract against the onset of any disease, including infection and inflammation.

The causes of digestive disorders can be multiple. Most gastrointestinal disorders caused directly by the disorders of the digestive system such as poor diet pattern. However, long-term use of certain medication can also induce gastrointestinal disorders, including Manticholinergic medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and antibiotics.

In the searching a diet therapy that can reverse and protect the digestive system against gastrointestinal disorder, researchers at the University of Florida, wrote, "Diet therapy through the elimination of offending foods such as wheat gluten or lactose, or inclusion of specialized products such as medium chain triglycerides or elemental formulas, can sustain nutritional status".

And "Dietary components such as insoluble fiber appear to have physiologic effects, while soluble fibers may have metabolic effects important to diabetes and cardiovascular disease".

Additionally, in the differentiation of types of diet may have a direct contribution to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disorders, the authors continued, "Avoiding offending foods by Crohn's patients is an acceptable practice as long as entire categories of foods are not deleted. Avoiding all foods containing gluten from wheat, rye, barley, and oats, however, is a crucial prerequisite to recovery from celiac disease. Gluten is commonly used as a stabilizer, emulsifier, and extender in the food industry and is not always shown on food labels. Careful consultation with a registered dietitian can identify hidden sources of gluten in the diet.".

These results clearly indicated, depending on types of gastrointestinal disorder, diet therapy with modification could have a strong impact on the prevention of the onset of the disease.

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 for the treatment of dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, edema, difficult urination, colic, etc.

With an aim to find a natural whole food which processes gastrointestinal protective effects, researchers looked into rhizomes of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae), commonly known as ginger, an important kitchen spice, possessing myriad health benefits.

In laboratory animals., ginger was shown to be effective in preventing gastric ulcers induced by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs like indomethacin, aspirin], reserpine, ethanol, and acetic acid and Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric ulcerations.

The gastroprotective efficacy of ginger was attributed to its free radical scavenging, antioxidant; inhibition of lipid peroxidation activities.

Furthermore, in the evaluation of the gastroprotective effect to examine the turmeric (Curcuma longa) and ginger (Zingiber officianale), researchers conducted a study in the ethanol-induced ulcers animal model.

Selected rats were given 100, 500 and 1000 mg/kg body weight orally.

Application of TEO and GEO inhibited ulcer caused by injection of ethanol by 84.7% and 85.1%, respectively, as seen from the ulcer index.

The reduced antioxidant enzymes such as GPx, SOD, catalase and GSH produced by alcohol administration were significantly (p<0.001) increased by simultaneous administration of TEO and GEO.

Ethanol-induced lesions such as necrosis, erosion, and hemorrhage of the stomach wall were significantly reduced after oral administration of essential oils.

These results strongly suggested, turmeric and ginger exerted a significant gastroprotective effect against gastrointestinal lesions with no side effects.

Taken altogether, ginger may be considered a functional for the prevention and combined with primary medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders,

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) by Haniadka R1, Saldanha E, Sunita V, Palatty PL, Fayad R, Baliga MS. (PubMed)
(2) Gastroprotective activity of essential oils from turmeric and ginger by Liju VB, Jeena K, Kuttan R. (PubMed)
(3) Ginger extract and polaprezinc exert gastroprotective actions by anti-oxidant and growth factor modulating effects in rats by Ko JK1, Leung CC. (PubMed)
(4) Dietary therapy in gastrointestinal disease by Anderson CR1, Cerda JJ. (PubMed)

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