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19.09.2020 Feature Article

This Explains Why You Must Eat Ginger, And Cinnamon Every Day

This Explains Why You Must Eat Ginger, And Cinnamon Every  Day
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“Food is not merely calories; it is information that talks to your DNA, and tells it what to do. The most powerful tool to change your health, environment and entire world is your fork”

-Dr. Mark Hyman.
On the whole, plants contain immune-boosting, and health-promoting compounds which when consumed regularly,

. Help to prevent Chronic diseases like: cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol

. Help to Prevent excessive weight gain.
Incorporate plant products in your daily diet. This will maintain your health and prevent you from developing chronic diseases.

Below are selected plants that have health promoting effects. All edible plants have health promoting components. They are known as phytochemicals.

Most of the studies have been done in the laboratory, in cells, and on animals. More studies are needed to apply the findings to the general population.

However, the benefits of consuming natural plant products, far outweigh any potential health hazards that could arise from the consumption of plant foods.

GINGER (zingiber officinale Roscoe)
The main active compounds in ginger are the Gingerols (zingerone, zingeberol)

It is the gingerols that give ginger its pungent smell.

In dried ginger, the gingerols lose their water content to form the shogaols (terpenoids, alkanes, and paradols). The shogaols give dry ginger, its pungent smell.

. Ginger is used as spicy food; it is chewable.
Grinded ginger is used in foods, drinks (ginger-tea), for douching, or administered as ginger enema

Gingerol has
. Analgesic
. Antipyretic
. Sedative
. Anti-inflammatory
. Antibacterial properties.
. Persistent vomiting. Ginger relaxes intestinal muscles, and help move food quicker down the stomach into the small intestines.

Ginger has protective effects on the body against inflammations and, Cancer development.

The gingerols help protect against abnormal cellular growths, mainly because they exhibit

. Antiproliferative
. Anti-inflammatory
. Anti-tumor properties.
The gingerols help prevent cancers by
. Promoting destruction and removal of abnormal cells,

. Regulating of cell cycles
. reducing blood circulation to tumor cells.
Ginger promotes mitochondrial regeneration, and mitochondrial activities in the cells. Mitochondria are the energy storehouses of the cells.

Any processes that promote mitochondrial health, activate the longevity genes.

When mitochondria are not working properly, the cells cannot get rid of their waste products.

The accumulation of waste and abnormal products in the cells lead to the following diseases.

. In the brain neurons, it leads to dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's

. In the muscle cells, it leads to muscle diseases.

. It can also lead Diabetes and Cancerous cells formation

Ginger, by promoting mitochondrial health promote the activity of longevity genes.

Caution: Ginger may be associated with mucosal bleeding. (Rare)

The gingerols inhibit serotonin release and subsequent platelet aggregation.

This means if you are on blood thinner medications like warfarin, taking ginger may cause mucosal bleeding.

Researchers have found out that, if one has regularly been using ginger, prior to starting the blood thinners, the ginger does not affect the activity and paths of the blood thinning medications in the body.

Recommendation: use ginger, every day.
Cinnamon has been used traditionally in food preparations and as herbal medicine to treat several ailments and their symptoms.

Cinnamon is derived from a Greek word that means Sweet Wood

There are 2 main types of cinnamon trees:
True cinnamon (Cinnamon zeylanicum Blume) which grows in south India, Sri Lanka

Cassia (Cinnamom aromaticum Ness) which grows in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Dried cassia rolls into a tubular form known as a quill or cinnamon stick

Cinnamon plants contain mucilage, tannin, sugar, resin, and essential oil; essential oil is the most important constituent

The main bioactive components in the essential oils of cinnamon is Cinnamaldehyde (cinnamic aldehyde) (C9H8O).

Cinnamaldehyde is a yellow oily liquid with a cinnamon odor and sweet taste.

It occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon tree.
Other constituents of cinnamon trees are: cinnamic acid, 2-hydroxycinnamaldehyde, 2-methoxycinnamaldehyde, and eugenol. Cinnamon leaves extracts have 75% eugenol

Cinnamon sticks extracts contain cinnamaldehyde (2/3) and condensed tannins(¼) (proanthocyanins and catechins

Cinnamon has many nutrients, including large amounts of minerals and vitamins,

Cinnamon extracts have various biological functions including:

. Anti-oxidant
. Anti-microbial
. Anti-inflammation
. Immunity (Immune booster).
. lower blood pressures (promotes nitric oxide generation)

. lower cholesterol and body fat production
. Protects the stomach lining from stress and allow ulcers to heal.

. Anti-diabetes, it lowers blood sugars.
Cinnamon extracts improve glucose uptake by activating insulin receptors, and promoting the storage of glucose as glycogen.

Daily use of cinnamon improves impaired fasting glucose, and metabolic syndromes.

Daily use of cinnamon improves lipid profile.
In a study done on diabetes patients who were given cinnamon extracts for 40 days, their Triglyceride, Total cholesterol, and Bad cholesterol levels dropped nearly 25%

Cinnamon extracts have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer cells via several mechanisms;

. Anti-proliferation of cancer cell lines (breast, leukemia, ovarian, and lung tumor cells)

. Induction of cell death
. Anti-angiogenesis (Cinnamon extracts are natural anti- Vascular Endothelia Growth Factors agents)

. Prevent migration of cervical cancer cells (anti-metastasis)

. Suppression of tumor-promoted inflammation, by inhibiting the activity of NFkappaB and AP1

, Immunomodulation
Laboratory test indicate plants product are valuable in the treatment of cancers, more research and clinical trials are needed before they could be used for cancer treatments.


Cinnamon extracts prevent the accumulation of Tau-proteins in brain tissues, and thus prevent Alzheimer.

Thus, Cinnamon also helps improve the symptoms of Parkinson disease, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases

Cinnamon extracts suppress H. pylori activity in the stomach.

Cinnamon is as effective as simethicone in improving indigestion and dyspepsia symptoms.

Daily consumption of cinnamon is helpful
. Cinnamaldehyde destroy the cytoplasmic membranes in both gram negative and gram-positive bacterial cells. It also depletes ATP concentration in the cells of microorganisms.

Cinnamaldehyde inhibits the growth of fungi (yeast, molds, dermatophytes)

Many studies have shown therapeutic effects of cinnamon including its

. Bacterial infections
. Viral infections
. Fungal infections.
Cinnamon also improves personal immunity against infections and diseases.

Safety: cinnamon is safe. In a study during which humans used up to 6 g/d of cinnamon for 6 weeks, there were no adverse effects.






Alex Sarkodie MD
Alex Sarkodie MD, © 2020

Alex Sarkodie,MBChB has over 30 years experience in the field of MedicineColumn: AlexSarkodie

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