The Proven Health Benefits of Ginger
1. Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.
The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It’s responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties.
Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to research. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, which is the result of having an excess amount of free radicals in the body
2. Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea, including chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.
3. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially osteoarthritis of the knee.
4. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.
5. Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
6. Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of pains.
7. There’s some evidence, in both humans and animals, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and blood triglyceride levels.
8. Ginger may help fight harmful bacteria and viruses, which could reduce your risk for infections.
If you want to add ginger to your diet, you can do so through what you eat and drink. Here are a few chicken and beverage recipes to try:
chicken with ginger
garlic-ginger chicken with cilantro and mint
spicy orange-ginger chicken
fresh ginger tea
ginger root tea
malian ginger juice
The bottom line
Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
It’s one of the very few superfoods actually worthy of that term.