The new review, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, examined the findings of 60 studies, performed on cell cultures, lab animals and humans. Overall, these studies “have built a consensus that ginger and its major constituents exert beneficial effects against obesity, diabetes, [cardiovascular diseases] and related disorders,” wrote the authors from China Agricultural University.
Ginger works in two main ways to keep you slim and trim:
- It increases your leptin levels. Leptin helps you feel full. So as your leptin goes up, your appetite goes down.
- It’s thermogenic. That means it raises your body temperature, which kick starts your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
“…These studies have suggested that consuming ginger can enhance calorie burn and reduce feelings of hunger, and that it’s associated with weight loss in overweight adults.”
The best part is, you can find ginger at any grocery store. And it couldn’t be easier to use. You can cut it into thin slices to add into your food or a nice cup of tea… or simply grate some into a bowl of warm soup. Your health will thank you for it, and so will your waistline.