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New research shows that eating ginger daily is associated with a 13 percent lower risk of coronary artery disease.

A study published in Nutrition indicates that daily ginger consumption was associated with an eight percent lower risk of developing hypertension and a 13 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease in adults. "The data indicated that ginger had a potential preventive property against some chronic diseases, especially hypertension and coronary heart disease," wrote the researchers. "It was a heart-healthy alternative to appropriately increase ginger consumption every day."

This new study adds to an ever-growing body of science supporting ginger's health benefits of ginger. The rhizome of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) is a rich source of antioxidants, including gingerols, shogaols, and zingerones. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.

The researchers noted that the precise mechanism(s) by which ginger may reduce the risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases are not yet well understood, but could be related to a potential inhibitory action on angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) and prevention of lipid peroxidation in the heart. They also note that the effects could linked to the polyphenol content of ginger.

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