Ginger is one of the healthiest things you can eat for body and mind. Ginger has a number of clinically proven health benefits, which you can read more about here. We hope you are convinced to include more of this healthy plant in your own diet.
The story behind ginger
Ginger originates in China and has long been used in various forms in traditional and alternative medicine. It is well established by the Zingiberaceae family and is related, among other things, to turmeric, cardamom and galangarot. Thanks to its active ingredient, gingerol has strong anti-inflammatory effects (suppresses inflammation) and antioxidant properties.
Health benefits of Ginger
1. Reduces nausea and morning sickness associated with pregnancy
Ginger has long been used as a remedy for general nausea and nausea and there is also literature describing how sailors used it against seasickness. This has also recently been well established for research purposes.
A larger systematic review study concluded that ginger can reduce seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-related nausea.So the next time you feel a little sick and nauseous, we recommend that you make fresh ginger tea.
2. It can relieve muscle pain and muscle sensitivity caused by exercise
Ginger can be a useful supplement in the fight against sore and sore muscles. Especially after exercise, research has shown that ginger comes into its own. A larger study showed that consuming 2 grams of ginger daily for 11 days resulted in a significant reduction in post-exercise muscle pain.
These results are thought to be due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.
3. Helps with osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common health problem and many people often look for ways to relieve symptoms and pain. Did you know that ginger can reduce these symptoms by using its anti-inflammatory properties? In a study of 247 participants with proven osteoarthritis, the researchers concluded that those who ate ginger extract had significantly less pain and were less dependent on pain medication. Ginger can thus be a healthy and good alternative for those who suffer from the symptoms / pain of osteoarthritis.
4. Reduces heartburn and indigestion
Do you suffer from heartburn and acid regurgitation? Maybe it’s time to try some ginger? It is believed that many digestive problems are caused by delayed gastric emptying and this is where ginger can come into its own.
Because ginger has been shown to be effective in emptying the stomach more quickly after a meal. Consuming 1.2 grams of ginger before meals can lead to emptying 50% faster.
5. Relieves menstrual pain
One of the more traditional ways to use ginger to treat pain is menstrual pain.
A larger study with 150 participants showed that eating 1 gram of ginger daily for the first 3 days of the menstrual cycle was as effective as ibuprofen.
6. Ginger lowers cholesterol
High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) are associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease. The foods you eat can have a significant effect on these cholesterol levels.
In a study of 85 participants lasting more than 45 days and 3 grams of ginger a day, there was a significant reduction in bad cholesterol. Another in vivo study showed that ginger was as effective as the cholesterol-based medicine atorvastatin when adverse cholesterol levels were reduced.
7. Ginger can control blood sugar levels and reduce the likelihood of type 2 diabetes
Recent research has shown that ginger can play an important role in controlling type 2 diabetes and unstable blood sugar levels. A 2015 study showed that 45 participants with type 2 diabetes had their fasting blood sugar levels reduced by up to 12 percent – after consuming 2 grams of ginger a day. These are very exciting research results that we hope will soon be re-examined in even larger studies.
8. Ginger provides better brain function and can protect against Alzheimer’s disease
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammatory reactions can accelerate the aging process. These are strongly associated with age-related cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Studies have shown that antioxidants in ginger can counteract inflammatory reactions that can occur in the brain.There are also studies that suggest that ginger can have a direct positive effect on brain functions such as memory and reaction time.
With eight such great health benefits that are supported by research (so you can argue above, even the worst Besserwisser you know!). Maybe you were convinced to eat a little more ginger in your diet? It’s healthy and good – and you can have it as a tea or to eat.