According to News Medical, extracts from an Australian-grown ginger were able to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells independently of insulin.
Professor Roufogalis, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Basil Roufogalis said, “This assists in the management of high levels of blood sugar that create complications for long-term diabetic patients, and may allow cells to operate independently of insulin.”
There are 2.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the U.K. and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but do not know it, according to Diabetes UK.
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
This is because the pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose enter the body’s cells or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).
"The components responsible for the increase in glucose were gingerols, the major phenolic components of the ginger rhizome," said Professor Roufogalis, said to Medical Daily.
"It is hoped that these promising results for managing blood glucose levels can be examined further in human clinical trials," he added.