Key Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices on the planet and has a long history in traditional/alternative medicine. It is the common ingredient in Asian cuisine. The underground part of the stem, rhizome is often called as the ginger root.
Gingerol, a bioactive component of fresh ginger with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects is responsible for its overall health benefits. Ginger can be consumed in many forms fresh, dried, oil or as juice. So daily, try to consume ginger in any of the forms to improve your health. Here are some of the key health benefits of ginger.
Helps Relieve Nausea
Traditionally ginger was used as a natural remedy for seasickness and morning sickness. Ginger is very effective especially in pregnancy-nausea (morning sickness). Many of the research studies have found that use of ginger decreased the symptoms of nausea in pregnant women and reduced the severity of nausea in cancer patients.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
High LDL, Low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels in your body increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Ginger has the natural ability to reduce the cholesterol levels by activating an enzyme that further increases your body’s ability to utilize more cholesterol. But the amount of ginger consumed daily should be optimal.
For an upset stomach, ginger is a folk treatment. It helps in toning the muscles of the intestine and stimulates the breakdown of food particles. This promotes the food motility inside the gastrointestinal tract. Ginger further helps in soothing gastric pains, fat metabolism and eases stomach pains. Sip a cup of ginger tea on regular basis to have a problem-free stomach.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Ginger is also well known for its ability to reduce sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar is responsible for many negative symptoms in your body such as frequent urination, increased thirst and if unchecked it leads to severe problems including nerve damage and improper wound healing.
Fights Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Ginger powder and honey combo are effective against the superbugs such as E.coli, MRSA and and even Klebsiella pneumoniae. This combination works better than the regular pharmaceutical drugs used for bacterial infections. Ginger is also considered as one of the effective anti-fungal foods which is used mostly against Candida (fungus) overgrowth.