Ginseng and ginger look and even sound similar. Ginger is known for doing wonders for the digestive track and for lowering inflammation while ginseng has gained fame by boosting mental performance, immune system, and even helping reduce the risk of cancer. One thing that both plants have in common is how beneficial they are for diabetics. Let’s review the health benefits of ginseng and ginger as well as how they can benefit people with diabetes.
- What they do. While ginseng contains ginsenosides which may help reduce inflammation helping prevent heart disease. It can also boost immune system and give energy to people that consume it. Ginger has gingerols which have also shown potential to reduce inflammation, especially in the joints, helping with arthritis. It also helps with digestion reducing gas, nausea and diarrhea. Furthermore, ginsenosides and gingerols compounds may lower blood sugar by helping the body absorb glucose from the blood stream.
- How to get them. Obtaining the benefits of ginseng and ginger has never been easier. Nowadays, they can be found in the form of tablets, tea, extracts, powders, fresh, or dried in virtually any supermarket or store. However you decide to take these plants, they will bring great benefits for your health.
- Treat yourself with ginseng and ginger. Yes, they are amazing plants that have wonderful health benefits, but they are also delicious. Make ginger lemonade by adding grated ginger, lemon juice, and honey to water; enjoy it iced or cold. Ginseng tea can be combined with some honey for a sweet and healthy drink.
- Don’t wait too much for dinner. Both ginseng and ginger have shown to lower blood glucose levels, so people with diabetes need to be aware of this effect. Ginseng can be taken up to 2 hours before dinner and some research suggest it may help avoid blood sugar peeks. Ginger has the same effect, and it can also be added to your meals for an extra kick on flavor.
Ginseng and ginger have great benefits that we can all take advantage of. As a diabetic these plants may help lower blood sugar levels, but before changing your diet or adding a new supplement consult with your doctor or dietician. Share how you use ginger and ginseng with us, so we can all learn new ways to benefit from these plants.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.