Ginger-a superfood with incredible health benefits!

A plant whose rhizome (underground stem) is used in food and medicines is ginger. Ginger belongs to the family Zingiberaceae and is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Ginger is an herb/spice used in many cuisines worldwide. Its medicinal use is also known for thousands of years and now these benefits are also backed by scientific facts.

Are you sick of your nausea or morning sickness and want to get rid of it? Do you want to prevent diabetes, heart diseases and even cancer? Ginger is your answer. People have used ginger in medicines and is still used and recognized. Ginger has gingerol that makes it so beneficial. Gingerol gives ginger its unique fragrance and is a bioactive substance. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Ginger can be used fresh or dried. All depends upon the way you like it and where it is being used. Without going any further, let’s see how ginger is beneficial for health and how it should be used to prevent or cure any medical problem.

Prevents nausea and morning sickness:

Ginger can be your best friend when you are feeling sick due to nausea. Studies have proved that using ginger can reduce the symptoms of nausea very effectively. It relieves you from motion sickness, nausea after surgery, nausea after chemotherapy, and morning sickness during pregnancy.

Although ginger helps in nausea, it does not help during vomiting. It is also safe to use during pregnancy (if used in small amounts).

How to use it?

Chew raw ginger or have ginger tea. Ginger candies are also available in the market. You can use that after surgery or during pregnancy when you feel morning sickness.

Makes digestion easy:

Ginger is very helpful during dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is a chronic indigestion illness when you feel cramps in the upper part of your stomach. It happens when your stomach empties very slowly.

Research has shown that ginger empties the stomach quite fast. In a study, it was seen that ginger reduced the time of soup digestion from 16 to 12 minutes.

Ginger increases motility in the gut and that prevents constipation as well. Ginger contains phenolic substances that relieve gastrointestinal problems and stimulates the production of bile, speeding up the digestion process.

How to use it?

You can have some ginger powder before starting a meal. Mix ginger (crushed), lemon juice, and raw honey. Use this ginger tonic before the meal and see the amazing results. You can also have ginger tea after a meal or ginger candy can also do the job.

Beneficial for osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis is a bone generation condition which can be controlled using ginger. Ginger can reduce stiffness and inflammation when taken orally or applied topically.

How to use it?

You can have ginger candy once in a day or take the ginger tonic. To apply it topically, mix ginger paste, sesame oil, cinnamon, and mastic and massage it.

Eases muscle pain and soreness:

It is seen that ginger reduces the exercise-induced muscular pain slowly but steadily and effectively. It can be taken orally or applied to the affected area to see the results.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce the soreness and stiffness of the muscles after strenuous exercise.

Prevents diabetes and heart diseases:

Ginger reduces the cholesterol level and stops blood clotting in the arteries. As a result, your cardiovascular health can improve and thus you will be less susceptible to heart diseases.

Ginger also reduces blood sugar and thus helps prevent diabetes. Though there is very less scientific evidence but ginger has been used to cure various heart conditions for hundreds of years.

How to use it?

Take ginger as a supplement or have its tea. You can also add ginger in your daily meals also. You should have 4 grams of ginger per day to reduce the blood sugar. It is advisable to talk to your doctor first.

Improves mental health condition:

Due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can slow the brain aging process. It can also prevent the age related mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.

Your brain starts aging when there are certain inflammatory reactions. Ginger actually stops these reactions and your brain remains healthy.

Again, have ginger as a supplement or just add it to your daily meals. Make it a routine to see the results. It will not happen immediately but ginger will make your brain health for sure after some time.

Fights cold and flu:

Fresh ginger has gingerol which is a bioactive substance. It helps fight infections and also soothes you during cold and flu. Ginger fights the virus or bacteria and thus should be used to stop infections.

How to use it?

Have ginger tea in the flu season to soothe yourself. Add a few slices of ginger in hot water and allow to boil for some time. This ginger tea increases sweating and makes you warm.

May prevent cancer:

Cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of cells. Ginger may prevent cancer due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may prevent the production of free radicals and thus can prevent cancer. Gingerol also plays a role to fight against cancer.

Take home message:

Ginger is a spice which is used for its flavor and medicinal properties. Due to the incredible benefits of ginger, you must have it in your meals. Ginger can be chewed fresh or you can also have ginger supplements. Ginger tea is also very effective. Ginger contains bioactive substances that can help you fight against chronic diseases as well.

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