Ginger is considered by many people and cultures to be one of the healthiest spices in the world. Its medicinal routes go back nearly two thousand years. Originally from Asia this spice root has found a firm foothold elsewhere in the world and for good reason.
30. Helps Fight Cancer.
It seems that if someone doesn’t have cancer, then they know someone who does. Several studies have shown that making ginger a part of a diet aids in treating lung, prostate, ovarian, colon, breast, skin, and pancreatic cancers. The compound 6-gingerol, found in large amounts in raw ginger has anti-tumor qualities. Furthermore, ginger can help prevent new cancer cells from forming in addition to destroying active cancer cells.
29. Prevents Infection.
The seemingly miraculous 6-gingerol in raw ginger also has anti-bacterial properties, ideal for those who are prone to bacterial infections like cellulitis.
28. Eases Chemotherapy.
In study involving over 744 cancer patients ginger was shown to help prevent the toxic effects of many cancer drugs, as well as drastically reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea.
27. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
As a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer’s disease affects the central nervous system and accounts for nearly 70% of dementia cases in those aged 65 and over. Research has shown that ginger helps slow the loss of brain cells. This loss is what typically leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, both animal studies and double blind studies on humans have shown that consuming ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function and helps to enhance working memory.
26. Acts as a brain anti-inflammatory.
Researchers on compound 6-gingerol have shown that the compound has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties, coupled with antioxidants and other powerful compounds that are found in ginger, have shown that ginger can fight the inflammatory responses that can occur in the brain and lead to dementia.
25. Aids in treatment of IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects nearly 45 million Americans alone. Cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, mucus in the stool are all symptoms of this painful disorder. Ginger has been shown to relax the intestines and offer relief during flair ups.
24. Natural Gas Relief
Nothing is worse than having gas at the wrong time, be it a hot date or an important meeting. A person could go the over the counter route, but why add yet another manufactured chemical to your body? Ginger tea is both easy to make and is proven for gas relief. Taken before bed it can clear out the digestive system and solve gas problems while the drinker sleeps.
23. Soothes Heartburn
Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) affects almost 150 million in the United States alone. Of those 150 million only about 13% actually take some form of relief inducing medication. To add insult to injury more and more studies are showing that many heartburn medications hurt more than help. Increasingly doctors have been telling their patients to turn to ginger tea as ginger has been found to prevent the loosening of the lower esophageal sphincter and blocks acid from going back up into the esophagus. Drink one cup of ginger tea twenty minutes before eating for best results.
22. Lose Weight
Ginger is a natural ingredient that’s found in many “fat-burning” supplements. It can speed up the metabolism, leading to calorie-burning. It can also help keep you feeling full for longer, reducing your overall calorie intake.
21. Ginger is an appetite suppressant.
In 2012 the journal Metabolism reported a finding that people who drank a hot ginger-based beverage that contained at least 2 grams of ginger powder after a meal experience reduced hunger for up to six hours. This is particularly helpful as part of weight loss is to both burn off calories and reduce calorie intake.
20. Manage blood sugar levels with ginger.
Researchers in Australia have recently suggested blood glucose levels can be kept in check through in-take of ginger. Blood sugar level has a direct impact on how energetic or lethargic people feel during the day. Include ginger as part of a daily lunch and it acts as a fine and natural alternative to energy drinks like 5 Hour Energy or Monster.
19. Soothes Tired Muscles
A natural result of working out is tired muscles. Current studies indicate that when people consume ginger will, on average, experience a reduction in muscle pain. Many times it is a significant reduction. This allows for a faster turnaround time between workouts.
18. Absorption of nutrients is boosted with consumption of ginger.
No matter how healthy the meal, the human body doesn’t actually absorb all the nutrients. Actual absorption is somewhere between ten and ninety percent. Those who are trying to be healthy need to absorb as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible and ginger has been shown to actually boost these levels of absorption.
17. Eases feelings of morning sickness
In double blind studies, and when compared to placebo, pregnant women who consumed ginger reported that ginger acted as a calming agent and offered relief for morning sickness.
16. Relieves inflammation caused by arthritis.
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of ginger once more make themselves known among the millions of Americans who experience arthritis. As an anti-inflammatory it reduces inflammation, and also offers some level of arthritis based pain relief.
15. Relieves and opens inflamed airways.
Asthma sufferers who want a non-steroid method for relief need look no further. Time and time again ginger has shown the ability to reduce inflammation in airways, thus opening them up. This same reduction in airway inflammation can also reduce asthma related pain. It should be noted that ginger should be used in conjunction with advice from a medical professional.
14. Improves blood flow.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner; thinning blood and therefore improving circulation. This improved blood flow has been known to create a warm feeling throughout the body, making it a pleasant tea to sip on cold days in the fall and winter.
13. Speeds healing from frostbite.
Because ginger improves circulation it helps body parts affected by frostbite to return to their normal state faster. It doesn’t even take all that much, only eight ounces of a ginger based teas a day until fully healed.
12. Motion sickness remedy
For decades ginger has been used by many as an all-natural remedy for motion sickness. It is an effective remedy for settling the stomach and has been known to out-perform over-the-counter medications. Dizzy, feeling nauseous, cold sweats, and puking are all symptoms that ginger has been shown to help guard against and cure.
11. Pain reliever
Regardless of the type of pain, ginger is a type of natural pain reliever that works on a hormonal level. This is alongside its ability to fight inflammation that also causes aches and pains.
Ginger contains an active ingredient that has shown the ability to clear sinuses and facilitate drainage, having the same results as the over-the-counter medications but none of the side effects.
9. Breath freshener.
Most foods will leave a person’s breath bad if not rancid after consumption. Garlic and onions come to mind. Ginger, however, can actually help improve breath. If ginger is eaten towards the end of a meal it will cleanse the palate and leave a person’s mouth with a feeling of freshness. This even works with a mixture of ginger and hot water
8. Kicks up the sex drive
As stated earlier ginger helps the circulatory system, which is one reason it has been treated as an aphrodisiac over the millennia. The increase in blood flow to both male and female sex organs certainly gives both genders a little more “get up and go” in the sex department.
7. Strengthens the immune system.
Ginger is ideal for people who have slightly weaker immune systems. Doctors know that diet plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, so many have encouraged patients to make and keep the body’s natural defense system up to snuff by eating ginger. Ginger cleanses the lymphatic system, flushes out toxins, and kills bacteria.
6. Ginger offers protection against nuclear radiation
Ideally this isn’t an aspect of ginger many should have to consider, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to know. It certainly helps those who live near Fukushima. However in order to gain the full protective benefits of ginger, the root has to be imbibed every day so it is constantly inside of the body.
5. Ginger keeps you regular.
An oft ignored part of health is having regular bowel movements. Since ginger helps to cleanse the digestive tract it also helps to make people go regularly. Though there is some anecdotal evidence that ginger can act as a laxative. Keep that in mind when deciding to increase your intake of this super root.
4. Natural cure for insomnia.
If we rule out certain emotional or psychological reasons for insomnia, we are only left with chemical causes. Because ginger removes toxins from the system it also removes those toxins that cause sleeplessness allowing for a relaxing nights rest.
3. Ginger is low in carbs.
A single teaspoon of ginger root only contains .4 grams of carbs. Most people don’t usually take more than a teaspoon of ginger meaning that ginger can easily be added to a low card diet. The fact that it also suppresses appetite is purely a bonus in this regard.
2. Ginger can act as a diuretic.
Retaining too much water? Because ginger flushes out your system it will flush out excess water. This also means people should account for their ginger intake and drink an extra glass of water while on ginger regimen.
1. Ginger prevents ulcers.
Ginger inhibits H. pylori. H. pylori is a type of bacteria that has been proven to cause ulcers in many people including children. With ginger inhibiting the growth of these bacteria it helps protect the gastric mucous within the digestive system.