Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Ginger has medicinal value that dates back thousands of years. The rhizome (root) of the ginger plant is used in various forms across the world in foods, drinks, and beauty products. Chinese texts from the 4th century B.C. describe ginger root as a remedy for treating stomach issues, nausea, diarrhea, cholera, toothaches, bleeding and rheumatism. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound, responsible for much of its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger root has been well researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. With its ancient history and immense health benefits, it has been hailed by many cultures as a spice of the heavens.
Relieve Nausea and Morning Sickness
Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea and is often used as sea sickness remedy. It may also be effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness. Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant.
Improve Digestion and Aid in Weight Loss
Ginger increases body temperature and can speed up calorie burning. It also enhances the thermic effect on foods and makes the body believe that it is full. According to a 2012 study, “ginger showed enhanced thermogenesis and reduced feelings of hunger.”
Increase Blood Flow
Ginger contains chromium, magnesium, and zinc. These are key ingredients in maintaining healthy and normal blood flow.
Decrease Exercise-Induced Muscle Pain
As a powerful anti-inflammatory, ginger helps to reduce and ease muscle pain. Research in the Journal of Pain found that ginger root was superior in its benefits to NSAIDs because it helps to blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The researchers also found that ginger has antioxidant effects, which help to break down pre-existing inflammation.
Decrease Asthma Symptoms
Columbia University researchers say that ginger, paired with bronchodilating medications maybe help to relax the smooth muscle surrounding airways.
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