Ginger, scientifically known as Zingiber Officinale, is a flowering plant that originates from China whose root is widely used as a spice and a folk medicine. It has multiple health benefits but it is often over looked.
Ginger can be used when it is ground into powder, dried, or as a juice. It is added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is also a common ingredient in recipes.
Ginger has been used in various forms as traditional/alternative medicine.
Here are several additional benefits that will convince you that you need to add ginger to your cabinets.
Ginger contains Gingerol: Gingerol is the main bio-active compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties and it can help prevent cancer. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that ginger can destroy ovarian cancer cells. Researchers found that a ginger induced cell death at a better rate than chemotherapy drugs typically used to treat cancer.
Treating Nausea: Ginger can be used to treat different forms of nausea, especially morning sickness. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, many health care professionals recommend ginger to help prevent or treat vomiting.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects: Ginger is said to have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. According to a study published in the Cancer Prevention Research journal, a ginger supplement administered to participants reduce inflammation markers within months.
Ginger aids digestion: According to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, ginger aids in digestion by toning muscles and stimulating the breakdown of food particles. In doing so, Ginger assists the transport of food and other particles out of the intestine.
Ginger can help fight Infection: Tea made from ginger is useful for fighting infections as it contains high level of vitamin C, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, and sodium.
Ginger helps reduce menstrual cramps: Ginger has been known to help relieve the pain that comes with menstruation.
Ginger can help to improve brain function: Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and bio-active compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain. There is also evidence that ginger can enhance brain functions directly
Ginger can help lower blood sugar: Researchers have indicated that, while unproven, Ginger contains an enzyme which breaks down glucose. This is especially useful for people with type 2 diabetes as they often struggle to maintain a stable blood sugar level.
Ginger help reduce cholesterol level: In some studies, there has been evidence that consuming ginger can lead to significant reductions in cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
Cold and flu relief: Ginger is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within. Ginger tea makes a soothing natural remedy for cold of flu.