This Is Why You Should Start Taking Ginger Everyday
You may know that ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine, but did you know that it's been used for centuries for its healing properties?
By PureGreens Nutrition
Ginger has a long history of health benefits, including relief from nausea, digestive issues and pain.
The most commonly used part of the plant for medicinal purposes is the root or underground stem, known as the rhizome.
It can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, or used in the form of an oil or as juice.
If you don't use ginger in your kitchen, here are 7 reasons why you might want to start!
1. Ginger Relieves Nausea
Drinking ginger tea or even consuming raw ginger is a common and safe home remedy for nausea, especially during cancer treatment or pregnancy and morning sickness.
There is no concrete explanation why and how ginger can cure nausea. However, it has been said that the gingerol compound of ginger affects the digestive and central nervous system directly.
2. Ginger Relieves Digestive Issues
Ginger has been proven to help relieve irritation in the gastrointestinal tract.
The compounds in it help to stimulate saliva and bile production while allowing food and fluids to move through the GI tract more smoothly.
3. Ginger Relieves Pain
Since ancient times, the Chinese have been using ginger, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, to ease pain.
Today, in our modern generation, a study was conducted at the University of Georgia. It was found out that daily ginger supplementation reduced muscle pain by 25%.
Ginger has also been found to reduce pain during menstrual cycles. Researchers also believe that ginger is effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.
4. Ginger Reduces Inflammation
Arthritis is a common health problem that involves the degeneration of the joints in the body, causing joint pain and stiffness.
Fortunately, since ginger is anti-inflammatory, it can help by reducing such inflammation of the joints.
5. Ginger May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Ginger is very beneficial to the heart as well as to diabetic people.
This is evident in a recent study by researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran. It was found that volunteers with type 2 diabetes who took 3 grams of ginger powder everyday saw a significant decrease in blood sugar after 8 weeks.
High blood sugar and cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease. With the effects of ginger on blood sugar and cholesterol, your risk of heart disease may be lowered by at least 10%.
6. Ginger May Have Anti-Cancer Properties
Many researches about cancer has proven that there is this substance called 6-gingerol that can be used to counter cancer.
This compound is present in ginger which makes it suitable to be an alternative treatment for several types of cancer.
A 2010 study by researchers from the University of Calcutta found that compounds of ginger have the ability to disrupt cancer cell structures, and suppress tumors.
7. Ginger May Improve Brain Function
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are two factors that can accelerate the aging process, and become a key driver of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related cognitive impairments.
The antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain.
In a study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory of 60 healthy middle-aged women, suggesting that ginger supports brain health in multiple ways.
Sounds Too Good To Be True?
At this point you might be thinking...
"Ew... I don't like the taste of ginger!"
But what if there was a way to reap all the benefits of ginger... WITHOUT the unbearable taste and hassle of preparing it?