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Ginger is among the healthiest and most effective spices on the planet. It is something that should be inside everyones pantry for quick access to use when cooking or even to add to a herbal tea. At Vision we aim to educate and inspire you make better decisions when it comes to your health. Below are some of the top reasons you need to including Ginger in your diet.
Here are 5 health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research.
1 Ginger Contains Gingerol, a Substance With Powerful Medicinal Properties
The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
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, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Bottom Line: It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
2 Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness
Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea.
According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea.
3 Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain and Soreness
Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. These effects are believed to be mediated by the anti-inflammatory properties.
Bottom Line: Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
4 The Anti-Inflammatory Effects Can Help With Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness.
In a controlled trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication.
Bottom Line: There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis.
5 Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%.
Bottom Line: Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
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