Ginger, derived from the roots of a plant in Asia, is a super spice! Used for its medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years in some cultures, its benefits have been tested and proven again and again. Now, fresh ginger and the spice derivative is making a name for itself in the Western world. Most people only use for an ingredient while cooking but there’s much more to this magical root. Some of its amazing properties are summarized below!
Treatment and Prevention
The big evil, cancer, may be prevented by eating more ginger. Several studies have shown that ginger can be beneficial in fighting against lung, ovarian, colon, skin, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. The compound 6-gingerol, found especially in raw ginger, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-tumor properties which can help fight the destruction of cancer. Ginger may also help fight against age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Studies have found that ginger contributes to a better working memory and keeping one sharp as age takes its toll.
The pains of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affect many today in the U.S.. Ginger, as well as helping combat gas and heartburn, can be effective in treating IBS. Adding ginger root to dishes, making ginger tea, or taking ginger supplements can be helpful ways to increase the amount of ginger in your daily diet. If you suffer from IBS, you should be aware that 53.3% sufferers in a study said that ginger helped to relieve their symptoms.
Ginger’s remarkable benefits extend to weight loss – it has been shown that ginger can have positive effects to those looking to lose weight by aiding calorie-burning, suppressing appetite, and managing blood-sugar levels. At the same time, ginger can help tired muscles recover and increase nutrient absorption, helping you to work out longer and better. If you’re pregnant, ginger is an effective combatant for morning sickness. As well as cutting down on all types of inflammation like arthritis or asthma, ginger’s properties can help improve circulation.
The list of more minor issues that ginger can help with is also extensive. If you ever experience frostbite, remember that ginger can help speed up recovery! Motion sickness and clogged sinuses may also be fought back with the aid of a nice cup of ginger tea. Finally, the perils of bad breath may be reversed with the nice aroma of ginger that cleanses your palate.
The great ginger, then, is a spice that, for 2,000 years have helped humans combat all sorts of medical problems. In addition to all those listed here, ginger can increase sex drive, boost your immune system, more generally, and even protect against nuclear radiation!
So all you need to do is select big, firm pieces of the fresh ginger root or pick up some of the dried spice to add to your diet. It is worth remembering that the positive effects of root are dramatic when it is consumed fresh and raw, such as blended into a juice or a smoothie. Ginger’s amazing health benefits are almost too numerous to count, so start to incorporate into your meals and see what it may do for you!