Ginger has been used as a remedy against seasickness for years
because it has powerful anti-vomiting properties. It can be used to cure travel sickness, nausea after chemotherapy and even morning sickness. Unlike other drugs, it’s safe and doesn’t have any side effects! Chewing raw ginger, drinking ginger tea or eating ginger candy can all help cure nausea. Pregnant women should limit their intake of ginger to 1-2 grams per day.
Most of us eat ginger on a daily basis without realizing just how healthy it is. This root is closely related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal and has a number of health benefits.indigestion
Check out these amazing health benefits that ginger has to offer.
1. Relieves many types of nausea, including morning sickness
Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is responsible for its distinct aroma and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which have made it an important part of traditional medicines.
2. Improves digestion and treats
Ginger contains phenolic compounds that prevent gastrointestinal irritation, improve appetite, stimulate bile and saliva production, reduce flatulence and regulate the movement of food through the digestive tract. In fact, ginger is recognized as an effective natural remedy against chronic indigestion (dyspepsia).
3. Lowers blood sugar levels and enables diabetes management
A recent study shows that ginger may be an effective treatment for diabetes as well. 41 participants with Type 2 diabetes were given 2 grams of ginger powder every day. The researchers found that the participants’ fasting blood sugar levels fell by 12% and that their HbA1c markers (indicative of long-term blood sugar levels) also dropped by 10% over three months.
4. Boosts heart health
The same study that looked at how ginger affected blood sugar levels also found that ginger reduced the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio by 28% and reduced markers of oxidised lipoproteins by 23%. Both of these parameters are major risk factors for heart disease.
5. Relieves coughs and colds
Ginger is diaphoretic, which means that it warms the body from within and promotes sweating, which is useful when you have a cold or flu. It also clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, which include the sinuses.
6. Lowers cholesterol levels
High levels of LDL (the bad cholesterol) can pave the way for heart disease, however changing your dietary habits can help lower your cholesterol levels. A study involving 85 people found that consuming 3 grams of ginger powder per day, over a period of 45, days brought their cholesterol levels down significantly.
7. Reduces menstrual pain
One of the common traditional uses of ginger is as a pain-reliever, for menstrual pain especially. A study found that consuming 1 gram of ginger powder per day for the first three days of the menstrual cycle reduced menstrual pain as much as painkilling drugs.
8. May prevent cancer
Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent the spread and growth of cancer cells in the body. So far, studies have found that ginger may prevent and treat pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
9. Helps people with osteoarthritis and knee pain
Osteoarthritis is a condition marked by severe inflammation, which leads to symptoms like stiffness and joint pain. A study involving people with osteoarthritis of the knee found that eating ginger reduced pain and the need for medication significantly.
10. Improves brain function
Oxidative stress and inflammation speed up the ageing process and lead to cognitive decline and conditions like dementia. Research shows that the bioactive compounds in ginger have antioxidant properties that protect the brain and ensure that brain function stays intact.
11. Reduces muscle pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help reduce muscle pain. Researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a study where they asked 74 people to do certain exercises. One group was given ginger supplements every day and the other group was given placebo pills. The group that was given ginger supplements reported 25% less pain than the group on the placebo.
12. Prevents infections
Ginger has been shown to battle many different bacterial and viral infections, including oral infections like gingivitis and periodontitis, and respiratory infections like the RSV virus.
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