This study evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of ginger-cinnamon mixture using an animal model of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced intestinal inflammation. The mice were administered either distilled water or ginger extract (GE), cinnamon subcritical water extract (CSWE), low GE + CSWE (GCL), and high GE + CSWE (GCH) for 21 days and drinking water containing 5% DSS for the final 7 days to induce intestinal inflammation. We assessed the change of body weight, disease activity index (DAI), histopathological scores, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, and mRNA levels. Compared with the DSS group, the GCH group showed increased body weight, inhibited intestinal shortening, and decreased DAI and histopathological score of intestinal inflammation, which was similar to that for the control group. It inhibited MPO activity as well as interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α mRNA levels. Therefore, the ginger–cinnamon complex helps to improve intestine inflammation, which is beneficial for gut health.
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This work was supported by the Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (IPET) through the High Value-added Food Technology Development Program, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) (Project No. 116012-3). We express our sincere appreciation for this support.
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