Ginger is perhaps one of the oldest and most popular herbal medicine. It has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, motion sickness, pain and loss of appetite.
Several in-depth studies of the possible health benefits of ginger, its nutritional profile, has been carried out by nutritionists. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as oil or juice. It is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics.
1. The fresh ginger root is spicy, peppery and fragrant. It contains Gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
2. Ginger treats Nausea, Morning Sickness: Its been a long remedy for Sea Sickness. It may also relieve nausea after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before consuming large amount of it.
3. Ginger has been show to reduce exercise-induce muscle pain.
4. Ginger helps relieve pains associated with Osteoarthritis (pains in joints of the body).
5. Ginger may lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
6. Ginger helps to reduce indigestion by improving regularity, which is beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
7. Ginger may be effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period. (one study recommends you take about 1gram of ginger powder for the first three days of menstrual period).
8. Ginger may lower cholesterol levels. Just add a little to your tea daily.
9. Ginger contains 6-gingerol which may have protective effects against cancer. More study needs to be carried out.
10. Ginger may be able to protect against age-related damage to the brain. it can also improve brain function in elderly women.
11. Gingerol, the bio active substance in fresh ginger, may help the risk of infection. Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.
12. Ginger is effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontists.
13. Ginger may be effective against the virus that cause respiratory infections.
Add two slices of ginger, lemon and honey to your tea daily.