A few months ago, I shared the results of an exciting pilot study with you. It revealed a simple way to bump up our metabolism.
For the study, a group of overweight guys downed about a half a teaspoon of ginger powder dissolved in water with their breakfasts.
And this one addition to their meals…
- caused them to burn through more energy
- curbed their hunger pangs
- left them feeling fuller longer
If you didn’t make this easy ginger tea a part of your breakfast routine then, you might now. Because a new animal study has confirmed a ginger extract could help fight obesity and inflammation.
Fight fat and keep the weight off with ginger extract
Researchers fed three groups of rats a diet designed to make them pack on the pounds. But two of the three groups got specially prepared ginger extracts too.
Group one got a ginger extract prepared from fresh ginger using hot water. And group two received a ginger supplement extracted using a low temperature, high-pressure method.
Both ginger extracts turned out to be winners.
The ginger-fed rats in both groups gained less weight than the control rats. Plus they had significantly lower stores of dangerous white body fat.
The researchers then dug deeper into the ginger’s effects. They found it had also cooled down the inflammation linked to a poor diet and weight gain.
Fight everything from diabetes to heart disease with ginger extract
The researchers didn’t speculate on how ginger fights body fat. But we do have a have a good idea of what’s likely going on here.
This, of course, isn’t the first time we’ve seen ginger excel when it comes to fighting chronic conditions. There’s a reason this ancient root has been used as a healing tonic for over 5,000 years.
Animal studies hint that the herb could help us fight off systematic inflammation, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and balance blood sugar.
In fact, a meta-review last year of over 60 studies found that ginger, and ginger extract, could help us stay healthy for years to come.
According to the study published in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, the spice is a natural antioxidant. Which means it fights the free radicals that cause the oxidative stress behind some of the worst diseases of aging including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Add more ginger to YOUR diet starting today
To find out exactly how big an impact ginger can have we need more human studies to be completed. But the research so far is very promising.
Ginger extract could help you stay slim and healthy. And with its natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, you just can’t go wrong by adding more of this ancient spice to your diet.
Ginger supplements are available as powders, capsules, and tablets. And of course, fresh ginger adds a bright, exciting flavor, and warmth, to all kinds of dishes from stir-fries to fish.
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