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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-diabeticeffective pain management, may lower cholesterolanti-cancer properties, protects against age-related brain decline, and antibacterial.

Visit the research dashboard for more research on the therapeutic values of ginger and gingerol, the active compound found in ginger root.

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.

Curcumin: When combined with mesalamine, curcumin supplements were shown to be effective in maintaining remission in ulcerative colitis patients.

Probiotics: Like curcumin, oral supplementation of probiotics proved useful in maintaining remission of ulcerative colitis.

Fish oil: Fish oil has anti-inflammatory effects on tissues affected by ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases.

Barley grass: Germinated barley grass, a prebiotic, reduced the clinical activity of UC after only four weeks of oral consumption.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, reduced the incidence of polyps and adenomas in the colon, common complications associated with ulcerative colitis.

Cannabidiol: By controlling the neuroimmune axis, cannabidiol may be effective in reducing intestinal inflammation and have therapeutic benefits for treating inflammatory bowel diseases.

Aloe vera: In one study, aloe vera extract had a protective and healing effect in rats suffering from ulcerative colitis.

Frankincense: Frankincense extract was shown to reduce symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis and may help maintain UC remission in some patients.


Read Ginger can help alleviate ulcerative colitis by GreenMedInfo.

Posted on: March 6 2020

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