Ginger is a powerful antioxidant supplement that relieves tuberculosis

Researchers at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in India have found that ginger can be used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement against tuberculosis because of its strong free radical scavenging property. In their study, which was published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, they assessed the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of ginger in pulmonary tuberculosis patients.

  • Tuberculosis has become the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent in the world.
  • For the randomized and place-controlled study, the researchers recruited a total of 69 participants with pulmonary tuberculosis.
  • The tuberculosis patients were divided into two groups: a placebo group and a treatment group.
  • The treatment group received three grams (g) of ginger extract every day for one month.
  • The placebo group, on the other hand, received a standard antitubercular treatment during the study.
  • The researchers took blood samples from the participants before and after the treatment to measure the concentrations of inflammatory marker tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha and oxidative stress parameter malondialdehyde (MDA).
  • They also measured the levels of ferritin, an indirect marker of the total amount of iron stored in the body.
  • The results showed that supplementation with ginger extract every day resulted in reductions in the levels of TNF alpha, MDA, and ferritin.

The findings of the study suggested that ginger is not only an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement against tuberculosis, but also a potent free radical scavenging agent.

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Journal Reference:

Kulkarni RA, Deshpande AR. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTIOXIDANT EFFECT OF GINGER IN TUBERCULOSIS. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 1 June 2016; 13(2): 201–206. DOI: 10.1515/jcim-2015-0032

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