Ginger is most recognized and sought after for its strong unique flavour. However, aside from its distinct taste and uses in many cuisines, scientists have discovered many notable health benefits of ginger.

Eastern cultures especially have used ginger as a natural remedy for various ailments throughout their history, so it comes as no surprise that modern researchers have conducted studies on how and why ginger can be so beneficial to human health.

Ginger Eases Morning Sickness

Many women have relied on ginger as an important remedy for relieving morning sickness. If you are pregnant and feeling nauseas, you can take ginger to help stop the queasiness. Ginger can be eaten in its raw form or it is often combined with other ingredients in over-the-counter preparations.

Ginger helps with nausea and vomiting even if you are not pregnant too.

Ginger Relieves Motion Sickness

Have you ever been driving and felt car sick? If so, chewing on some ginger can certainly help. Ginger is a recognized and effective remedy for motion sickness.

Ginger settles the stomach and is also used for many other digestive problems including colic, diarrhoea (diarrhea) and gas.

Ginger Provides Relief from Inflammation

Inflammation is a major cause of pain, both chronic and acute. Ginger has properties that act to impede the prostaglandins from causing inflammation. The prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection. They are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes like inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labour. The anti-inflammatory action of ginger decreases the inflammation that subsequently causes the pain.

Ginger can be helpful in relieving migraines or arthritis. Chinese medical practitioners have also recommended ginger tea for treating menstrual cramps.

Ginger Assists with Weight Control

Ginger is beneficial in increasing your metabolism. Ginger contains nutritional properties that actually make you feel fuller too, so it stimulates your metabolism while at the same time helping you eat less. Ginger therefore can be an excellent addition to your weight loss diet.

Ginger Helps Eliminate Cancer Cells

Although there is more research to be done, some studies have identified the benefits of ginger in the elimination of cancer cells. It contains 6-gingerol which is a substance that may be beneficial in the protection against cancer. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger that is responsible for much of its medicinal properties.

In addition, some studies have found that regularly taking ginger powder has induced cancer cell death. So, although not conclusive, anyone with cancer can consider eating ginger as part of their dietary therapy. However, before you assume this is a prevention or even part of a cure, you should seek the advice of your attending physician, to make sure it won’t conflict with any of your prescribed medications.

As you can see, ginger is more than just an ingredient to add flavour to your food, although it is certainly excellent for this. Its numerous health benefits have provided many people a natural and safe way to treat many ailments and pains.

For all the reasons listed above, ginger makes a great tonic for helping to keep the body functioning as it should.


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More External Reading

I have complied the links below for more reading on research done on health benefits of ginger. Some of it might be of an academic nature.

Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials
Ginger: Uses, Benefits, and Nutrition
10 Health Benefits Of Ginger That Are Seriously Impressive
Potential Health Benefits and Scientific Review of Ginger
Ginger Benefits

Jeff Moji

Hi there. I'm Jeff Moji, an engineer, information technologist, and health enthusiast. I have set up this website to explore the best ways to keep fit and healthy as I grow older during this pandemic-prone time. Please keep in touch so we can exchange information and spur one another on.

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