Ginger can help alleviate ulcerative colitis
Common herb and folk medicine has demonstrated medicinal properties.
Ginger supplements may be the natural substance researchers have been searching for in the prevention and treatment of common inflammatory bowel diseases.
Research published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine indicates that ginger, or Zingiber officinale root, may be of therapeutic value in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, a disease exacerbated by oxidative stress.
While further research is needed to assess the appropriate dosage of ginger amongst ulcerative colitis patients, the antioxidant effects of ginger in improving the quality of life even among ulcerative colitis patients have been clearly demonstrated.
Effects of Ginger on Ulcerative Colitis
Ginger has known positive effects on many gastrointestinal diseases, including nausea and vomiting, and due to its antioxidant properties researchers have long speculated that ginger could improve UC symptoms and reduce recurrence rates by lowering oxidative stress.
In the Complementary Therapies in Medicine study, researchers tested the effects of daily ginger supplements (2 grams per day) on participants with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis over a period of 12 weeks. The results showed an improvement in oxidative stress and disease activity through a reduction in malondialdehyde, a marker for oxidative stress, in a dose-dependent manner.
However, researchers believe higher dosage amounts are necessary to induce significant improvements. As this was the first clinical trial to study the effects of dried ginger capsules on oxidative stress in UC patients, further research is warranted, but the results are promising for those suffering from this uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating disease.
Additional Benefits of Ginger
In addition to its antioxidant properties, ginger has several well-researched properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, effective pain management, may lower cholesterol, anti-cancer properties, protects against age-related brain decline, and antibacterial.
Other Remedies for Ulcerative Colitis
In addition to ginger, there are several natural remedies that have been studied for their efficacy in treating and preventing ulcerative colitis.
Barley grass: Germinated barley grass, a prebiotic, reduced the clinical activity of UC after only four weeks of oral consumption.