Health Benefits of Ginger

With autumn starting to show its face, ginger (our dearest and most beloved) is becoming our best ally in the fight against fatigue and boosting our immune system because of the numerous health benefits of ginger

Ginger is one of the most treasured spices of Ayurveda. We could almost believe that it has magical powers, so powerful are its benefits on the body and health. And yet, its virtues can be explained in a very concrete way. They are mainly due to the composition of ginger, which is very rich in fibre and carbohydrates in addition to being 90% water. The rhizome (the part of the plant that is consumed) is known for its high content of trace elements (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, etc.).

This explains why it is considered an extraordinary antioxidant and a natural anti-inflammatory. Let’s dive in to know more about our best ally – Ginger, without further ado!

Magical Properties of Ginger

While ginger is most known for its use as a flavouring agent in Asian cuisine, there are multiple health benefits of ginger that are not generally acknowledged and recognized. Indeed, it acts, among other things, by helping relieve nausea and vomiting and has remarkable power on our digestive system. 

The little miracle recipe that will revolutionize (or is already revolutionizing) the daily life of many people suffering from migraines is also rooted in ginger. All you need is a teaspoon of ginger powder in a little water (as soon as the headache starts) to feel the heavy and overpowering veil of the headache dissipate almost instantly. Down below we’ve pointed out some magical properties of this herbal medicine:

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that help ease the redness, swelling, and discomfort in different parts of the body. Ginger can be used to relieve pain by adding it in foods and drinks or by applying a ginger compress or patch to the affected areas.

Antioxidant Properties

Ginger contains a chemical called gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. The antioxidant properties of ginger, like those of other antioxidants, help to reduce stress and aid in the battle against many chronic diseases.

Digestive Health Benefits of Ginger

ginger teaThis herb appears to be an important dietary agent with beneficial effects on digestive enzymes. This magical substance promotes the elimination of excess gas from the digestive system, soothes the intestinal tract, and relieves or prevents constipation. The digestion process can be sped up by combining one teaspoon of ginger pulp with a teaspoon of lime juice on a daily basis.

Cancer Prevention Properties

Ginger is one of the most widely used spices with a long history of medicinal use. It has been traditionally used from immemorial time. This herb consists of some pungent constituents that exhibit anticancer properties

Heart Disease Prevention Properties

According to WHO (World Health Organization), heart diseases are one of the leading causes of death globally. Approximately 17.9 million people lose their lives to Cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases) each year.  

Medical science has advanced, and numerous treatments can cure these CVDs. But lesser is known that the herb, ginger, can help treat many heart diseases. High blood pressure is an indicator of heart attack that has become common in this generation. Consumption of ginger helps lower blood pressure and hence helps prevent heart diseases.

Diabetes Prevention Properties

Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the pancreas cannot produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The body is unable to utilize insulin to its full potential. Diabetic patients often consume ginger in their foods and drinks to manage their blood sugar levels. Ginger is, in fact, taken in moderation as a natural remedy to cure diabetes. It does so by stimulating the production of insulin in the body.

Health Benefits of Eating Ginger

health benefits of eating ginger infographicsThere are various benefits of ginger. Some of them are as listed below:

  • It can treat morning sicknesses. 
  • Ginger can help burn fat and lose weight.
  • It helps cure chronic joint conditions.
  • It lowers the risk of heart diseases.
  • It helps lower cholesterol levels.
  • It may help with period cramps.
  • It can help treat indigestion, etc.

Also read: Golden Milk – A Drink Well Known To Kundalini Yogis

Ginger in Everyday Life

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties provide many health benefits if consumed daily. Ginger can be eaten on an empty stomach to improve digestion, increase energy and vitality, burn fats, and cleanse the skin. However, it would help if you did not consume an excess of it because eating too much ginger can cause heartburn, bloating, or mouth irritation. While ginger has many powerful benefits, it is sometimes not recommended for people suffering from ulcers or intestinal problems.

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– Love & Light Alexia

FAQs

What is the healthiest way to consume ginger?

Ginger can be eaten raw, dry, juiced, or cooked with food or other liquids such as tea. Cooked ginger is the healthiest method to take because the nutritional value of ginger is reduced when it is dried. It is also safe when taken by mouth as medicine.

Can too much ginger be harmful?

Though ginger offers numerous health benefits, consuming more than 5 grams of it a day can have side effects, including mouth irritation, gastrointestinal discomfort, etc. If taken in large amounts, ginger can worsen heart conditions and increase bleeding risks. Hence people suffering from ulcer and bleeding problems should avoid eating ginger without a proper prescription from the doctor.

What are the benefits of ginger tea?

Drinking ginger tea every day can help in boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. Ginger tea also helps cure dry cough and helps soothe a sore throat.

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Alexia Sestito

Alexia joined our family team in 2019, endowed with great sensitivity and a pen as delicate as deep, just like our author, Alexia writes many of our newsletters and is inspired to provide you with high-quality content. Passionate about the philosophy of yoga, Alexia takes you along her personal journey from theme to theme. In addition to her work at Breath of Fire, Alexia is also a writing workshop leader.

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