Ginger is a flowering plant whose root has been used for flavor and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Here are the health benefits of this ancient plant.
According to the health magazine Verywell Fit, ginger’s benefits can be “broadly categorized as being either gastrointestinal, anti-inflammatory, or metabolic.” This root has long been used to ease gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, and mild upsets. A 2012 University of Rochester study mentioned by the above-named magazine, observed that people who took ginger supplements after chemotherapy saw a decrease in the nausea that often accompanies this treatment.
Ginger contains a substance called gingerol that has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown some promise in the efficacy of gingerol in treating pain caused by health issues like arthritis. Some evidence also points toward ginger helping with metabolic-related health issues like high blood pressure or blood sugar. A 2015 study even suggested that taking a ginger supplement every day may help with type 2 diabetes.
Ginger may offer a list of other benefits
In addition to reducing inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, and pain, ginger may improve circulation and boost the immune system. This claim was put forth by Everday Health magazine. It may also be helpful in improving gut health and preventing stomach ulcers caused by medications like ibuprofen or aspirin.
Ginger can be consumed in many different ways. A popular way to enjoy this spice is to seep the root in hot water to make a tea. Ginger tea bags can be purchased to enjoy similar benefits. Grated or powdered ginger can be added to dishes for a bright punch of flavor. It is commonly found in Asian recipes but can be added to many different dishes. It can even be candied and enjoyed on its own.
I, for example, make a tea by combining ginger, curcumin, cloves, cinnamon and honey; it tastes great. I also sprinkle it on my fruit salads. My wife adds it to many dishes.
I also extract the juice of fresh ginger and fresh curcumin in my raw potassium broth vegetable juice, which is a mixture of carrot, celery, spinach and parsley juices.
You can also buy ginger supplements to take in the form of a capsule. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger supplements to ensure that this higher dosage is safe for you and won’t interact with any medications you may be on.
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