Ginger is widely known as a spice that is not only great for adding flavour to our dishes but also for its extensive health benefits.
Here are some benefits of using ginger in your diet.
Ginger is antibacterial
Ginger contains gingerol which has antibacterial properties and can help lower risk of infections.
It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Ginger may reduce muscle soreness
We all know the post-workout muscle pain. It really hurts to put it simply. It’s a good idea to add ginger to your daily diet. Both raw and cooked ginger taken daily may reduce muscle soreness by a quarter. Since exercise causes stress, damage and inflammation to the muscles, this effect is believed to be corresponding with the anti-inflammatory properties of gingers two components – gingerol and zingerone.
Ginger and inflammation
Gingerol and zingerone are helpful in reducing the overall inflammation in our body, not just inflammation caused by exercise, and may also reduce the inflammation linked to colitis, kidney damage, diabetes and breast cancer.
Ginger strong anti-inflammatory properties can help with pain management which is very helpful to Osteoarthritis sufferers. Osteoarthritis involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness. Taking ginger improves the stiffness and pain levels.
Ginger may also be helpful to migraine sufferers as a migraine could be caused by inflammation.
Ginger helps with indigestion
Ginger improves digestion, it speeds emptying of the stomach. It helps with gas stomach pain and bloating as well.
Ginger may also decrease the risk of colon cancer.
Ginger helps with nausea
Ginger is helpful with nausea caused by motion sickness, chemotherapy or morning sickness. This little root is proven to be as powerful as over the counter medication for nausea.
Ginger and cholesterol
Studies show that ginger may lower cholesterol levels and can help with blood sugar levels but more studies need to be conducted in these areas.
Ginger and brain function
It is also linked to helping battle Alzheimer’s disease. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process which is directly linked to Alzheimer’s. It is not sure if it’s the direct effect of ginger on te brain or anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. Further studies need to be done but overall it’s definitely good news.
Overall adding 1-2 grams of raw or cooked ginger into your daily diet will definitely improve your health.
You can easily add ginger to your diet by adding it to your breakfast smoothie like our Ginger and pear smoothie. Ginger will improve your digestion. It will help your body fight bacteria and inflammation, fight off infections.
Let’s face it, probably most of us need a bit of help in these departments.
Small changes to your diet can make the biggest difference.