Article first published Aug 12, 2017 - Was updated on Mar 22, 2018
Ginger is most recognized and sought after for its strong unique flavor. However, aside from its distinct taste and uses in many cuisines, scientists have discovered many notable health benefits of ginger.
Eastern cultures have used ginger as a natural remedy for various ailments throughout their history, so it comes as no surprise that modern researchers have conducted studies on how and why ginger can be so beneficial to human health.
Ginger as a natural medicine contains vitamin-C, vitamin B-6, folate, riboflavin, niacin, and including iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Ginger's Digestive Benefits
Ginger has 14 bio-active compounds that aids in the digestive process.
According to the journal Gut, a delay in emptying of the stomach after a meal plays a role in the symptoms of indigestion.
If your digestion is working properly chronic disease cannot take root in your body according to ayurveda medicine.
Ginger has been shown to reduce digestive problems such as colic, diarrhea, intestinal spasms, gas and indigestion.
According to research reported in World Journal of Gastroenterology, gastric emptying was more rapid after taking 3 capsules that contained 1.2 grams total of ginger powder.
Ginger promotes secretion of saliva in the mouth and stimulates digestion by helping the body to release the proper digestive enzymes like trypsin and pancreatic lipase, to break down food so nutrients can be easily absorbed.
Ginger Eases Morning Sickness
Many women have relied on ginger as an important remedy for relieving morning sickness. If you are pregnant and feeling nausea's you can take ginger to help stop the queasiness. How does it work to relieve nausea?
- Contains phenols that help to relax the stomach muscles
- It helps to block receptors in your stomach from binding serotonin that results in increased nausea if left to bind freely
- Contains compounds like gingerols that help to influence the nervous system, stomach and intestines to reduce the nausea feeling - Gingerols help to obstruct the chemoreceptor that triggers the urge to vomit.
Ginger is a recognized and effective remedy for motion sickness, such as due to being in a moving car, train, ship, and airplane.
Cold and Flu Relief
Ginger is a diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within.
Ginger contains both vitamin-C and zinc as already noted. These two nutrients when consumed right away with the on set of a cold has shown to reduce the length of its effects.
When making a cup of ginger tea, add a slice of lemon or a little bit of raw honey. It adds flavor and additional benefits, including antibacterial properties.
Ginger Provides Relief From Inflammation
Inflammation is a major cause of pain, both chronic and acute. The anti-inflammatory action of ginger reduces the inflammation that subsequently causes the pain. The compounds found in ginger help to impede the prostaglandins from causing inflammation.
The rhizome is also helpful in relieving migraines, arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Chinese medical practitioners have also recommended ginger tea for treating the latter.
Helps With A Healthy Body Weight
Ginger is beneficial in increasing your metabolism. Ginger contains nutritional properties that actually help to make you feel full, and therefore eating less.
Hormonal changes and chronic stress can cause can spike levels of blood cortisol, which in turn throws the immune system and metabolism out of balance. A 2004 article published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin says that ginger helps to suppress cortisol production.
Ginger Helps Eliminate Cancer Cells
Medical studies have identified the benefits of ginger in the elimination of certain cancer. The Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin published in 2017 that ginger extract significantly inhibited cancer growth in ovarian cancer cell line.
The American Association for Cancer Research published a study saying that 6-shogaol, a potent compound in ginger, reduced the survival rate, inhibited tumor growth, and induced cell suicide in prostate cancer.
The rhizome is also used as a treatment in case of cancer for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
Before you assume that ginger is a prevention or cure for cancer, you should seek the advice of your physician, to make sure it won’t conflict with any of your prescribed medications.
In conclusion, ginger is more than just an ingredient to add flavor to your food. It has numerous health benefits that is natural and safe to treat many illnesses.