high levels of antioxidants (Gingerol, curcumin and zingerone) in ginger
- Digestive Aid
Helps to reduce bloating, flatulence, intestinal colic, IBS and poor digestion as it stimulates digestive acids and secretions thus supporting the digestion of food and nutrient absorption and assimilation. The root or stem known as the rhizome is packed with phenolic compounds that helps improve your digestive system, when consumed regularly.
- Cholesterol Reduction
Studies have shown that ginger can reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood by activating an enzyme by increasing your body’s use of cholesterol and therefore lowering it.
Reduces nausea and vomiting of any kind including travel or motion sickness, morning sickness and post-operative nausea.
- Improved Brain Function
In addition it has been proven that consuming ginger extracts can actually improve memory, attention and cognitive function in middle-aged women.
- Blood Glucose Support
One small study saw ginger reduced fasting blood sugar in diabetics along with a reduction in HbAc1.
- Reduces Arthritic Inflammation and Pain
Ginger helps to improve rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any type of rheumatism including muscle pain and exercise induced muscle soreness due to its anti-inflammatory properties. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has shown that it can help ease the effects of osteoarthritis. Studies have been performed that show how ginger reduces pain, and can even stop patients from requiring excessive pain medication, making this a fantastic natural alternative to man-made chemicals and drugs. The inflammation of joints (the cause of arthritis) can actually be reduced, and stiffness eased, by consuming even small amounts of ginger each day.
- Cold Hands & Feet and Poor Circulation
Due to its warming and circulatory stimulating properties it can help cold hands and feet due to improved blood circulation to the extremities and it may help in Raynaud’s’s disease. Gingerol is a bioactive compound found within ginger, and the main component in its infection-fighting abilities. When consuming ginger, you can help stop the growth of a number of kinds of bacteria. It’s also been found that due to ginger’s anti-viral properties is can be effective in fighting the RSV virus, which is known to be a major cause of infections within the respiratory system.
- Painful Periods
No more cramping! Ginger can help to reduce painful spasmodic dysmenorrhea and can also be subscribed for endometriosis due to the anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits.
- Reduced Muscle Pain
Studies have shown that those who consume even as little as 2 grams of ginger every day for at least 11 days will experience reduced pain of up to 25% in their muscles. The test was conducted with participants performing elbow exercises, but it is believed that ginger will help reduce muscle pain and inflammation with any kind of exercise. This makes it a perfect food or ingredient for anybody who engages regularly in exercise.
- Upper Respiratory Infections
Ginger is excellent for supporting the immune system against the common cold and other viral infections. Reduces nasal congestion, coughs and sore throats.
- Lung Disease and Infections
Bronchitis, asthma and bronchial asthma may be supported with the consumption of ginger. These compounds help to support immunity, remove excess mucus and reduces inflammation of the airways.
If your head is aching, it can be helpful in reducing headaches and migraines due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger may also help to protect the memory and support brain function and may reduce brain damage as shown in animal studies.
- Anti-Cancer Properties
Gingerols and other compounds have shown to be protective against colorectal, prostate and liver cancer. it’s widely understood that the antioxidant curcumin has been shown to interfere with cell signaling pathways, which suppresses the growth of cancer cells, while other antioxidants in ginger decrease inflammation, a factor in many cancers.
- Gut Infections
There are some animal studies that demonstrate ginger may inhibit H.pylori stomach infections and therefore reduce gastrointestinal cancers such as stomach and gastric ulcers. It also shows promise in the reduction of periodontal bacteria.
- Multi-drug Resistance Pathogens
Garlic and ginger combined may possess effective anti-bacterial activity against multi-drug clinical pathogens and can be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases.
High doses of ginger — more than 5 grams a day — increase the chances of side effects. Ginger on the skin may cause a rash.
Interactions. If you take any medications regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using ginger supplements. They could interact with blood thinners and medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.
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