Health Benefits of Ginger

Health Benefits of Ginger 

Ginger is a frequently used ingredient within Asian cuisine and over the years, it’s many health properties have been highlighted and continue to gain exposure.

Ginger has long been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Possible health benefits include reducing nausea, pain and inflammation. Ginger can be used to make tea or chopped/crushed in curries and other savoury dishes.

Regularly consuming fruit and vegetables has long been associated with reducing many lifestyle related health conditions. However, some herbs and spices may offer additional health benefits, one of these is ginger and thus our reason for highlighting this one in particular. These health benefits are not just hear-say either, scientists have analysed ginger and it has been shown to contain hundreds of compounds and metabolites, some of which could contribute to health and healing.

The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal (GI) irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production.

Ginger also appears to have beneficial effects on the enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase, and to increase motility through the digestive tract. This suggests ginger could help prevent colon cancer and constipation.

Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Also taking ginger when suffering from motion sickness seems to reduce feelings of nausea, but it does not appear to prevent vomiting.Ginger is safe to use during pregnancy, to relieve nausea. It is also available in the form of ginger lozenges too.

During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within.

To make ginger tea at home, slice 20 to 40 grams (g) of fresh ginger and drop it in a cup of hot water. Adding a slice of lemon or a drop of honey adds flavour and additional benefits, including vitamin C and antibacterial properties. This makes a soothing natural remedy for a cold or flu.

Finally, there have been studies that have found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 percent.


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