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Old 11-13-2008, 11:18 AM
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Default Ginger - The Statin Alternative?

I don't think statins have much, if any, place in modern medicine. But, if one is considering using a statin ... why not give ginger a try first?

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Topic: Ginger Supplementation May Exert a Beneficial Effect on Lipid Profile in Subjects with Hyperlipidemia



Keywords: HYPERLIPIDEMIA - Ginger, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Triglyceride

Reference: "Investigation of the effect of ginger on the lipid levels. A double blind controlled clinical trial," Alizadeh-Navaei R, Roozbeh F, et al, Saudi Med J, 2008; 29(9): 1280-84. (Address: Department of Pharmacology, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran. E-mail: reza_nava@yahoo.com ).

Summary: In a randomized, placebo-controlled study involving 85 patients with hyperlipidemia, results indicate that consumption of ginger may exert a lipid lowering effect.

The patients were randomized to ginger (ginger capsules 3g/day) or placebo for a period of 45 days.

At intervention end, significant reductions in mean triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and increases in HDL cholesterol were observed in the ginger group, compared with the placebo group.

Thus, the authors of this study conclude, "The results show that ginger has a significant lipid lowering effect compared to placebo."
http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/37855
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Ginger has many benefits in general. It is similar to aspirin for platelet stickiness reduction. It is better than dramamine for dizziness. Raw ginger has many enzymes esp for meat. It has melatonin. Anti-bacterial, viral, parasites. Anti inflammatory, the real key to heart disease. Helps joint pain. There are over 400 components, many with effects unknown.

Needless to say I take it every day. You can take 1/4 tsp daily for an aspirin substitute for blood. This is done in at least one heart clinic in Israel and is common in CHina.
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Thank you for posting this information. I just recently was told about ginger to alleviate a cough and occasional runny nose that's been lingering and it is helping considerably. I haven't been able to sit down and properly research it yet, so this just validates my sense that putting a chunk in with the vegetables I juice is a very good thing.

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Statins are poisons and yes they lower cholesterol, however, they do not lower the heart disease rate. They are trying to say they do, but somehow I doubt it. Also, way too many people have side effects with them
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Yes Ginger has wonderful effects,

There is one more interesting herb Tien Qi aka panax notoginseng.

Amongst it`s many properties it helps maintain healthy blood and healthy blood pressure.


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Statin Drugs, Ginger and Turmeric all have one thing in common. They all have anti inflammatory properties.

This is why all of the above can work to prevent heart, and arterial disease. The only difference is Ginger and Turmeric have no undesirable effects, but plenty of desirable effects.

I doubt that the cholesterol lowering has much to do with it, except in rare cases.

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Dan,

You're probably right about cholesterol in general. However, I do believe that oxidized cholesterol can be problematic. Perhaps Ginger and Turmeric help to reduce oxidized cholesterol via their potent antioxidant activity. Combine that with their well established anti-inflammatory properties and it might explain a mechanism by which these rhizomes could reduce plaque build up in artery walls. That's one possibility anyhow. Fingers crossed.

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Harry Hirsute,
How about Ginger Tea?
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Searched Harry's blog, ginger tea was mentioned in several posts:

Ginger Root Power
Many Benefits of Tea
Hot Drinks for Colds
Green Tea News
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Thanks, Kevin.

Chatterbox,

Ginger tea might work as well as the capsules. You'd really have to employ a trial-and-error type of approach to know for sure. For instance, I have an organic ginger tea at home by Traditional Medicinals. It contains 1,500 mg (1.5 grams) of ginger per tea bag. If I wanted to experiment with it, I would drink two cups of this ginger tea daily for a few months to see if helps to improve my lipid levels.

A quick note about ginger: It also supports the cardiovascular system by promoting healthier circulation. This is a positive thing in most instances. But you'd want to let your doctor know that you're using it before undergoing surgery or combining it with medications.
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Thank you Kevin.I don't have Ginger Capsules,so was curious if Ginger Tea will work in they're place.
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Harry,
I have the NOW Caffeine-Free Ginger Tea.No listing of Ginger in MG's or Grams per Bag.
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Chatterbox,

It seems like each tea bag provides about 1.75 grams of tea. But that product also contains an undisclosed amount of licorice and fennel.

http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Ginge...60-g/1121?at=0
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Harry,
After replying,I read the 1.75 Grams.Yes,it contains Licorice Root and Fennel Seed as well.Will give it a go!
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Question Licorice?

I think I had heard that Licorice Root can raise Blood Pressure and that people
prone to high blood pressure should be cautious if using it and take their own
BP readings at home to see if it has that effect on them.
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