Nowadays, many people use ginger in their kitchen. It’s quickly becoming one of the most widely used ingredients in the whole world. But, this amazing root is also abundant in numerous medicinal properties!
The most beneficial part is actually the root. It’s also the one that is mostly used. It’s full of 115 different chemical compounds. The most powerful bioactive compounds are called gingerols.
The root is also an oily resin that is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help you against numerous health problems.
You can include ginger in your diet in many ways: add it into smoothies, juices, baked goods, tea etc.
Here are 10 benefits that ginger will offer to your body if you take it every day!
1. Relieves Digestive Issues
Ginger is full of phenolic compounds that are responsible for decreasing of the irritation in your digestive system. They also stimulate the production of saliva and bile and let foods and fluids pass through your gastrointestinal tract very smoothly.
According to a particular research which included 24 participants who took 1.2g of ginger powder before their meals, the magical root has helped them increase their digestion by 50% and also speed up the emptying of their stomach.
2. Improves Nutrient Absorption
It’s very important to absorb nutrients properly so that they can go from your mouth to your colon well. If food becomes stuck somewhere, it ferments, so it can later cause some kind of a life-threatening obstruction.
Improper digestion is the one that leads to nutrient deficiencies. Fortunately, ginger can help you improve the digestion of your food as well as your metabolism and in that way, it boosts your immune system.
3. Relieves Nausea
If you drink ginger tea or consume raw ginger, it will help you in cases of nausea related to cancer treatment as well as pregnancy. According to a particular study, 1.1 to 1.5 gr of ginger relieved nausea successfully in 1,278 pregnant women!
4. Clears Sinuses
Gingerols, which are the anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger can help you suppress the production of mucus, but also reduce your swollen nasal membranes. It will also relieve your stuffy head and clear your sinuses!
5. Reduces Joint Pain
As we have already said, ginger is full of anti-inflammatory properties that can help you against stiffness and joint pain which appear in cases of osteoarthritis.
According to a research which included 247 people who had knee osteoarthritis and experienced joint pain because of that, the first relief appeared after they took ginger extract for a while.
Add a little bit of ginger essential oil in your bath and you’ll reduce muscle and joint pain.
6. Cuts the Risk of Heart Disease
If you take only 2 grams of ginger powder every day, it will decrease your levels of blood sugar, especially if you’re a diabetic. It was proved by a study where the participants managed to decrease 10% of their blood glucose level during 12 weeks.
Ginger can also help you decrease the risk of heart problems by 10%.
7. Reduces Cholesterol
According to a study, if you take only 3 grams of ginger powder every day for 45 days, you’ll manage to decrease your levels of cholesterol significantly.
8. Improves Brain Function
As we have already mentioned, ginger contains antioxidant and bioactive compounds that can help you prevent any inflammatory response in your brain.
Ginger can also help you reduce the risk of age-related cognitive problems like Alzheimer’s disease. In this case, oxidative stress and inflammation are the two major factors that speed up the process of aging.
According to a particular study, ginger can also improve the reaction time as well as the working memory in middle-aged women.
9. Anti-Cancer Properties
Ginger contains 6-gingerol. This compound can help in the treatment of numerous cancer types. According to a research, only 3 grams of ginger extract every day can help a person decrease the pro-inflammatory signaling molecules present in the colon.
But, ginger still needs to be researched more for its anticarcinogenic properties to be proved.
10. Relieves Menstrual Pain
According to a particular research, only 1 gram of ginger powder every day has helped women decrease their menstrual pain to a significant amount. It is more effective than mefenamic acid and ibuprofen!
Consider these facts and try to include ginger in your diet more! Take a look at how you can prepare some tasty ginger tea in our video!