Ginger is one of the most commonly used spices – obviously, it’s delicious, in the world. It’s a popular ingredient in cooking, particularly the Asian cuisine. Loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds, ginger not only makes your food tastier, but is also known to have medicinal benefits.
Here are some reasons why you should consume ginger everyday:
- Effective remedy for Nausea and morning sickness
For centuries, ginger has been used to treat stomach issues, including bloating, diarrhea and nausea. The gingerols and shogaols – compounds present in ginger, are known to be very effective in relieving the feeling of nausea. It can also be used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. In a review of 12 different studies, involving around 1,278 pregnant women, taking 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger per day significantly reduced the symptoms of nausea.
- Reducing muscle pain
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which are known to reduce muscle pain. It can be used to remedy post exercise soreness; however, it might not affect it instantly. It reduces the day to day progression of the pain. According to a study, consuming 2 grams of ginger per day for 11 days, significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.
- Medicinal properties
Ginger contains a compound called Gingerol that has medicinal properties. It in an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant and hence has been used as a medicine for over 2000 years. The compounds in ginger are known to help digestion, relieve nausea and treat flu or common cold.
- Treating Osteoarthritis
Ginger can be used to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down. This leads to pain and stiffness in the effected joints. The patient experiences a loss in flexibility of the joint and a grating sensation- from when the two bones rub together, while moving. Although, ginger cannot completely cure the disease, it can be used to reduce the pain. In a study involving 247 osteoarthritis patients, those who took ginger extract had less pain and hence consumed less pain medication. A combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon and sesame oil is also known to reduce stiffness and pain in the patients when applied topically.
- Reducing Menstrual cramps
Menstrual cramps are a common issue faced by women all over the world, especially during the first two days of periods. Ginger can serve as a pain relieving agent, effectively minimizing the intensity of cramps. according to a study involving 150 women, consuming a gram of ginger for the first three days of the periods proved as effective as painkillers like ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.
- Improving brain function
Ginger contains a high concentration of antioxidants – 50 out of the identified 100 compounds in it. Studies suggest they are important for a healthy brain function due its susceptibility to free radical damage. The bioactive compounds and antioxidants present in ginger are known to inhibit inflammatory responses in the brain and improve reaction time and working memory. Furthermore, they’re also known to slow down the aging process.
- Lowering cholesterol levels
High levels of LDL lipoproteins or bad cholesterol cause constricting of blood vessels and eventually lead to an increased risk of heart disease. A study involving 85 individuals and spanning over 45 days showed significant decrease in cholesterol levels after taking 3 grams of ginger daily.
Ginger can be consumed raw, as a food seasoning or by adding it in your daily cup of tea.