Ginger Nanoparticles May Be Inexpensive, Nontoxic IBD Treatment, VA Researchers Say

Ginger Nanoparticles May Be Inexpensive, Nontoxic IBD Treatment, VA Researchers Say
VAlogoA study by researchers at the Atlanta VA Medical Center  revealed that nanoparticles derived from fresh ginger root may be an effective treatment for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In the lab, Veterans Affairs scientists transformed raw ginger into what they call "ginger-derived nanoparticles" (GDNPs) using a process that begins with a standard kitchen blender, and super-high-speed centrifuge and ultrasonic dispersion of the ginger juice to break it up into single pellets -- definitely not a do-it-yourself project. Each ginger-based nanoparticle measures roughly 230 nanometers in diameter; more than 300 of them could fit across the width of a single human hair. GSUIBSlogoThe VA research team led by Dr. Didier Merlin, a professor at Georgia State University's Institute for Biomedical Sciences and a research career scientist at the VA Medical Center, believes the GDNPs may not only be a good medicine for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but may also help fight cancer related to colitis.
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