Ginger and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can help to prevent age-related changes to the liver, according to a recent study.
Antioxidants fight free radicals—highly unstable forms of oxygen that can lead to a variety of age-related diseases. Free radicals can also damage and age the organs, including the liver. In this study, researchers examined the effects of two antioxidant supplements—ginger and ALA—on liver alterations.
The researchers studied the livers of young (4 months) and older (24 months) rats. The livers of the older rats showed signs of both age and failure. However, these age-related changes improved significantly with both ginger and ALA supplementation, although ALA was more effective than ginger.
The researchers wrote, “Ginger and ALA appear to be promising anti-aging agents based on their amelioration of ultrastructural alterations in livers of old rats.”
Mahmoud YI and Hegazy HG. Biotech Histochem. 2015 Nov 3:1-10. [Epub ahead of print.]