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Ginger: A Thermogenic?

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By Andrew Bukowsky

Columbia University has published a human study where men burned extra calories after eating a breakfast including ginger.

Evidence suggests that ginger consumption has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract. This study assessed the effects of a hot ginger beverage on energy expenditure, feelings of appetite and satiety and metabolic risk factors in overweight men. Ten men participated in a randomized study. 

Resting state energy expenditure was measured for 6 hours after consumption of a breakfast meal that included muffins and orange juice with and without 2 grams of ginger powder dissolved in a hot water. An increased feeling of satiety after the meal was reported. 

There were no effects of ginger on glucose, insulin, lipids, or inflammatory markers. The results showed enhanced thermogenesis and reduced feelings of hunger with ginger consumption. This suggests a potential role of ginger in weight management. The study did state that additional studies are necessary to confirm these findings.

Source: Metabolism. 2012 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print].


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