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Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): a hot remedy for cardiovascular disease?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 131, no 3, 408-409 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ginger is now exciting considerable interest for its potential to treat many aspects of cardiovascular disease. This letter reviews the more recent trials, which suggest that ginger shows considerable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-platelet, hypotensive and hypolipidemic effect in in vitro and animal studies. Human trials have been few and generally used a low dose with inconclusive results, however dosages of 5 g or more demonstrated significant anti-platelet activity. More human trials are needed using an appropriate dosage of a standardised extract. Should these prove positive, ginger has the potential to offer not only a cheaper natural alternative to conventional agents but one with significantly lower side effects.

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2009. Vol. 131, no 3, 408-409 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-23122DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.07.107PubMedID: 18037515OAI: diva2:220440
Available from: 2009-06-01 Created: 2009-06-01 Last updated: 2012-05-31Bibliographically approved

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