The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for thousands of years throughout countless cultures. It has a long history of relieving digestive issues, such as nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as alleviating pain and inflammation. The most well known and medicinally dense part of the plant is the root that grows underground, known as the rhizome, which can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried or as an oil. The rhizome contains a large quantity of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parisitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it’s no wonder there are so many natural health benefits of consuming ginger. These 5 benefits of incorporating ginger into your diet are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to naming several of over 40 benefits.
Relieve Stomach Distress – Perhaps one of the best qualities about consuming ginger is it’s ability to alleviate nausea. While this applies to general stomach distress like motion sickness, it has also been known to calm the upset stomachs of surgery patients and cancer patients alike. In addition, studies have shown that anti-nausea compound in ginger to be most effective in pregnancy related queasiness. Although 1-1.5 grams of ginger per day is deemed safe when pregnant, always talk to your doctor before starting a new dietary regimen.
Inflammation – Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory. In fact, some even claim that it rivals over the counter medication, such as ibuprofen, in it’s ability to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis and muscle soreness.
Weight Loss – Ginger is known for its ability to increase thermogenesis in the body, meaning that the body burns off up to 16% more fat stores than without consuming thermogenic ingredients. Consuming ginger also boosts your metabolism by up to 5%!
Fighting Chronic Disease – The bioactive compounds found in ginger have been shown to reduce the pain of chronic disease and prevent it in the first place. Antioxidants, along with the bioactive compounds, have also been shown to improve brain health and memory function by relieving inflammation in the brain, one of the key drivers for Alzheimers disease.
Lower Cholesterol – Studies have shown that eating 3 grams of ginger per day lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, even rivaling some cholesterol medications.
Ginger is a delicious way to spice up your favorite recipes, without the added sodium or calories. It’s health benefits alone are a great reason to incorporate this superfood into any meal. Do you use ginger? Have you noticed any changes in your health? Let us know in the comments below!