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 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?
- Promotes secretion of saliva in the mouth, which has digestive enzymes that helps to neutralize the stomachs acid and aids with proper digestion - The herb also has 14 bioactive substances that helps for better digestion
- 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. Gingerols also help to reduce damage caused by free radicals throughout the body
The rhizome is also used as a treatment for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
Ginger Relieves Motion Sickness
Ginger is a recognized and effective remedy for motion sickness, such as due to being in a moving car, train, ship, and airplane. It helps to settle the stomach and is also used for many other digestive problems including colic, diarrhea and gas.
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 journal PLOS ONE published a study of ginger inhibiting pancreatic cancer cells.
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 are natural and safe to treat many illnesses.