Ginger contains gingerol which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In traditional medicine, ginger has long been used as a pain killer, to help indigestion, cure nausea and to avoid the flu. Now the scientific evidence is stacking up in favor of its benefits. Here are some of the most important reasons that you should include ginger in your daily diet.
Ginger's amazing properties
Relieves muscle and joint pains
Ginger is an alternative to pain medication for those who have muscle inflammations after exercise. Similarly, it has the same anti-inflammatory effect for those that suffer from Osteoarthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce muscle pain and soreness after exercise by as much as 25 % if eaten regularly.
Can help fight infections
Gingerol may lower the risk of infections because it inhibits the growth of many types of bacteria.
May lower cholesterol levels
There are studies that indicate that levels of LDL lipoproteins, “the bad cholesterol”, lowers substantially if you eat ginger on a daily basis. Low cholesterol decreases the risk of heart decrease, high blood pressure and stroke.
Contains a substance that may help prevent cancer
There are a number of studies that show that 6-gingerol effects cancers such as colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The results indicate that ginger reduces pro-inflammatory molecules that prevents cancer cells from growing.
May improve brain functions and protect against Alzheimer’s disease
Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain can accelerate the aging process. It is a key driver of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. Animal studies suggest that ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain and protect against age-related decline in brain function. There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain functions such as reaction time and working memory.
Has anti-diabetic properties
Recent studies indicate that ginger plays an important role in lowering blood sugars and deceasing risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. The results need to be confirmed before any firm recommendations can be made but the participants in the study had incredible results from eating just 2 grams of ginger powder per day.
Starting the day with ginger makes it easier to lose weight
It increases your metabolism. A study by Columbia University also showed that starting the day with ginger makes it easier to resist hunger. Most of all, you will also burn 43 calories by eating ginger.
May help treat chronic indigestion
Some of the symptoms that characterize indigestion are pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. How long it takes for the stomach to empty itself from the food that you eat, has a lot to do with these symptoms. Ginger speeds up the time that it takes for the stomach to empty itself . Therefore, reduces the discomfort. It also decreases bloating and diarrhea.
Can treat nausea and morning sickness
Can alleviate migraine
Ginger acts anti-inflammatory in the brains blood vessels. It also helps against the nausea often caused by migraine. Studies show that ginger is as effective against migraine as Sumatripan (a prescription medication to treat migraine). Consequently, it does not give any of the side effects found with medicine.
Is an alternative to pain killers during period pains.
Ginger is also effective at treating period pains as ibuprofen and mefenamic acid. For this purpose it needs to be taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.