Ginger: It's Amazing Health benefits, Remedies And Interesting Facts



Ginger, also known as " Zingiber Officinale" is a popular ingredient that is used in cooking especially in Asian and India. Ginger is used globally because of its medicinal benefits, it is one of the world's ancient spices loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. It is well-known for its health benefits, many researches have been done in discovering most of the health benefits of ginger. This health benefits include its ability to increase appetite, prevent of cancer, aid in digestion , relieving nausea, relieve pains, cure for cold and flu and many more.


Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, along with cardamom and turmeric. It is being produced commonly in many countries such as India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia. Depending on your choice the stem/rhizome can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger can also be in form of extract/ginger oil, tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. You can also use it in preparing your foods such as gingerbread, cookies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and other variety of savory recipes.

In addition, in different countries ginger is being consumed in many ways, for example in Asian cultures it is being chopped up or made into powder which is used in making traditional dishes and soft drinks such as coffee and tea . It's irresistible fragrance and essential oil are extracted and used by some perfume makers. Without wasting much time Let's look at the various health benefits of this amazing root.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER

1. AIDS IN DIGESTION
Ginger contains many compounds that help in relieving the gastrointestinal irritation, it stimulates the production of saliva and bile and also suppresses gastric contractions as food is being digested. In most places ginger is used as an appetizer or an aperitif since it can stimulate the appetite while preparing the digestive system.
It also releases beneficial effects on the enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase, and to increase motility through the digestive tract.
During digestion ginger has compounds that improve the absorption of nutrients and minerals from the food we eat. It is being suggested for the prevention of colon cancer and constipation.

2. Treatment Of Diarrhea
In the ancient days Ginger is used for the treatment of diarrhea, through many researches scientists have proven that ginger indeed helps at this situation , because it prevents stomach spasms and gas that contribute to diarrhea. Since the ancient times it has been used in curing diarrhea and it is still working till date. In most countries like China, powdered ginger are given to diarrhea patients and this use to show immediate effects.

3. Treatment Of Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia)
This illness is a sort of pain and discomfort that is often felt at the upper part of the stomach, probably after a meal. Many things can lead to this indigestion problem, delayed emptying of the stomach is believed to be the major cause of this problem. According to a study it was shown that ginger speeds up emptying of the stomach and digestion in people with this condition.
In this study, 24 individuals are made to consume 1.2 grams of ginger powder daily before meal, at the end of the study it was discovered that it helped in accelerating emptying of the stomach and digestion by 50%.

4. REMEDY FOR NAUSEA
Ginger can be used as a remedy for nausea, it is a common home remedy for nausea and it can be taken raw or drank as ginger tea. During sickness taking ginger seems to work in reducing the feelings of nausea, during pregnancy it can be taken in form of ginger lozenges or candies to relieve nausea.
Studies have proven that ginger helps in curing nausea related with pregnancy, motion sickness, and chemotherapy without any side effects as seen in most modern medications.

5. RELIEVES MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Ginger is one of the commonly used traditional remedies for pain relief, including menstrual pain (Dysmenorrhea) felt during a woman's menstrual cycle. Just like other medicines like mefenamic acid and ibuprofen, ginger is also very effective in relieving menstrual pain. According to researches in a study, some women who are 3 days to their menstrual period were given 1 gram of ginger powder per day before their menstrual period. At the end of the study it was discovered that ginger is very effective in reducing the menstrual pain just like the drugs most of the women were taking before.

During certain conditions in the body such as menstrual cramps, pains, and
fevers, the body gives rise to a hormone known as "prostaglandin". According to scientists it is believed that high level of prostaglandins contribute to increased menstrual cramps. When taking Ginger it helps to reduce the level of prostaglandins in the body, thereby relieving cramps and pain.

6. Detoxifies & Disinfects
 Sweating is very important to the body because it helps to clean out the pores and also allows your body to eliminate toxins through the liquid (sweat). Sweat also contains a germ-fighting compound named "dermcidin". This compound reduces bacterial and viral infections on the body. Ginger is good at promoting sweating and the production of this germ-fighting compound dermicidin.

7. TREAT COLD AND FLU 
Ginger has been of great help in fighting illnesses and infection for a very long time now. It has soothing effect that helps in the body’s emergency symptom responses to damaged cells in the body.
During cold weather drinking ginger tea is a good idea to keep yourself warm. Because of its diaphoretic abilities, it promotes sweating and warming of the body from within.
Your can make ginger tea at home by slicing 20 to 40 grams of fresh ginger and adding it into a cup of hot water, you can also add few slice of lemon.
This is very effective in the treatment of flu and cold, you can also add other items such as drops of honey, vitamin C and other antibacterial properties to the tea to make it to be more effective and nutritional.


8. TREATMENT FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
Ginger can be used to reducing inflammation and for the treatment of inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. A study conducted by Cancer Prevention Research reported that ginger supplements reduced the risk of colorectal cancer developing in the bowel of 20 volunteers.
Also in another study carried out at the University of Georgia on 74 volunteers, it was discovered that daily intake of ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 percent.

9. PREVENTION OF CANCER
Ginger has many positive impacts on the human health because of its beneficial organic compounds. Ginger contains a compound known as "Gingerols" this compound have some anti-inflammatory qualities, that have been shown to help in the prevention of carcinogenic activity in the colon that can lead to colorectal cancer.

10. GINGER LOWERS BLOOD SUGARS AND REDUCES RISK OF HEART DISEASE.
Ginger have powerful anti-diabetic properties, which is very helpful for diabetic patients. According to a study in 2015, 41 participants with type 2 diabetes are used in the study. This participants were given 2 grams of ginger powder per day, at the end of the study it was seen that ginger helped to lower the blood sugar by 12 percent.

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