Ginger and avocado in the fight against obesity

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Ginger and avocado in the fight against obesity

There is a great variety of uses for ginger in folk medicine. Ginger tea is a cold remedy. Three or four leaves of sacred basil, along with a small piece of ginger on an empty stomach, are an effective cure for congestion, cough and cold.

The rhizome of Zingiber officinale is used for dyspepsia, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Being a vasodilator, it was formerly used for high blood pressure, palpitations and heart disease. Its most chemically active substances are 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol and 6-shogaol.

The dried rhizome, generally sold in powder form, is used as a spice in cooking and in the preparation of liqueurs and soft drinks (in particular Ginger ale) as a flavoring. It has properties stimulating digestion (stomachic), stimulating peripheral circulation, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and is traditionally believed to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the flavors of the dishes it is usually associated with.

The rhizome has an evident anti-nausea, antiemetic (against vomiting), antipyretic and anti-inflammatory action. The avocado, on the other hand, is native to a vast geographical area that extends from the central and western mountains of Mexico, through Guatemala to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Central America.

The avocado, pleasant to the taste, brings a series of benefits to humans: although it is not rich in sugars, it is a highly caloric fruit (it provides over 200 kcal per 100 grams); in fact, it is particularly rich in good fats, omega-3s, fats that are also present in fish and are believed to protect the heart and nervous system and also strengthen the immune system.

Some scientific work indicates that avocado is a cholesterol-lowering fruit. To the good fats are added poorly soluble fibers, beta-carotene (therefore it is rich in vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E and K, glutathione, as well as folate (or more simply vitamin B9), which are particularly important vitamins during pregnancy and lactation.

Avocado and ginger are also very important against obesity

The study: Ginger and avocado as nutraceuticals for obesity and its comorbidities, published ont the Phytotherapy research, said us: "Obesity is a worldwide epidemic and is one of the factors involved in the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Obesity induces low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress. The treatment for obesity involves changes in diet, physical activity, and even medication and surgery. Currently, the use of nutraceutical compounds is associated with health benefits.

Ginger and avocado are used for many people all around the world; however , its effect as a nutraceutical compound is less known by the general population. For this reason, we searched information of the literature to point its effects on distinct mechanisms of defense against the obesity its comorbidities.

The present review aimed showing that these nutraceuticals may be useful in obesity treatment. Reports have shown that ginger and avocado induce antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects by improvin g enzymatic activity and modulating obesity-related impairments in the anti-inflammatory system in different tissues, without side effects.

Furthermore, ginger and avocado were found to be effective in reversing the harmful effects of obesity on blood lipids. In conclusion, on the basis of the positive effects of ginger and avocado in in vitro, animal, and human studies, these nutraceuticals may be useful in obesity treatment. "