New research has revealed a potentially important role ginger supplements can play in controlling inflammation for people living with autoimmune diseases. The research published September 22, 2023 in JCI Insight (published by The Journal of Clinical Investigation—JCI) (focused on studying the impact of ginger supplementation on a type of white blood cell called the neutrophil. The study was especially interested in neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, also known as NETosis, and what it may mean for controlling inflammation. The open-access article is titled “Ginger Intake Suppresses Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation in Autoimmune Mice and Healthy Humans.” The study found ginger consumption by healthy individuals makes their neutrophils more resistant to NETosis. This is important because NETs are microscopic spider web-like structures that propel inflammation and clotting, which contribute to many autoimmune diseases, including lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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