10 Health Benefits of Ginger

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One of the natural herbs that I hold in high esteem is ginger. Ginger is a flowering plant whose root is widely used as a spice and as herbal medicine.  The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.

Below are the 10 health benefits of ginger that GetWellNews wants you to take note of:

  1. Ginger is Used for Pain Management

Ginger is one of the best herbs for managing body pain and general inflammation in the body. Research suggests that ginger can help relieve certain pains that come with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Every time I have muscle aches, ginger is my first point of call as it provides an effective relief devoid of side effects. I find fresh ginger juice more effective than the powdered in the management of body pain.

2. Ginger Treats Menstrual Pain

Research has shown that ginger is as effective for reducing the severity of menstrual cramps as the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and without the harmful side effects. It works by blocking certain substances in your body that promote inflammation and pain.

3. Ginger helps Fight Diabetes by Reducing Blood Sugar

Research in this area is relatively new but in a recent study, 2 grams of ginger powder taken per day by a group of 41 participants resulted in lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%.

4. Ginger is a Cancer Fighter

One other good news in the use of ginger is its cancer fighting properties. Ginger has been considered ten thousand times more effective than chemotherapy for treatment of cancer and without the side effects. It is an anti-oxidant and a natural cancer The active compounds gingerol and shogaol help in cancer cell death especially against the gastrointestinal tract. Ginger’s anti-oxidant property also makes it effective for the prevention of cancer.

5. Ginger Helps Fight Infections

Gingerol, contained in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. Ginger has even been known to help hinder the growth of many different types of bacteria. It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.

6. Ginger Helps Treat Gastro-Intestinal Problems

Research has linked multiple digestive benefits to ginger, specifically acting on parts of your Gastro-Intestinal tract responsible for feelings of nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting. Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with chronic indigestion.

7. Ginger Helps Treat Nausea or Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting that occurs during pregnancy. And, despite being called morning sickness, it can strike at any time of the day or night. Ginger has been used in traditional herbal medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting presented by Morning Sickness.

8. Ginger Helps Boost Immunity

Ginger contains strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that makes it effective for boosting immune.

9. Ginger Helps Boost Cognitive Function

Ginger is believed to improve memory. Moreover, it has been used in traditional medicine to improve cognitive  Ginger is known to protect against Alzheimer’s disease which is mainly prevalent in the elderlies.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate) and die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person’s ability to function independently”.

10. Ginger May Help Protect The Liver

In a recent study of 60 people with tuberculosis, Ginger (500 mg/day) helped protect the liver from the toxicity of antituberculosis drugs. In another experiment, Ginger helped slow down aging-related liver damage in old rats. It may protect from the harmful effects of heavy metals and drugs on the liver. It protected both the liver and kidneys of poisoned rabbits against cadmium toxicity and from aluminum toxicity in rats. It also prevented liver damage and scarring from painkillers such as piroxicam in rats.

You don’t want to miss any of these numerous health benefits of ginger. It is time to stock your home with fresh ginger. Add it to your soups, stews and smoothies to enjoy the many health benefits. The powdered ginger can be stored and used over a long period of time.

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