Ginger: Powerful Medicinal Root
Ginger is a plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely related to turmeric, galangal and cardamom. The underground part of its stems, i.e., the rhizome, is the most commonly used part of this plant, although it is more commonly known as ginger root. The medicinal properties and health benefits of ginger have been long established in Chinese and Indian traditions, of which ginger is an intricate part of the cuisine.
This medicinal root contains an oil called gingerol, which has many benefits that are gaining more popularity as new studies(1) are being conducted. Listed here are some medicinal benefits of ginger, which have been established by traditional and scientific research.
A big concern today is weight loss. Studies(2) show ginger increases the body's capability to burn calories and reduce inflammation*. Research has shown a daily dose of ginger can be very effective in losing weight regardless of the amount of fat intake. Ginger is also known to reduce your appetite, thus further aiding weight loss efforts*.
Provides Natural Pain Relief
American Physician Dr. Michael Greger conducted extensive research(3) on ginger's effectiveness in treating migraines, which concluded that it was as productive as sumatriptan - one of the most used drugs for migraines*. On the plus side, there were fewer side effects associated with ginger. It has also been shown to help to aid with menstrual pain and joint pain in osteoarthritis*.
Helps Fight infections
Gingerol, the powerful bioactive compound present in ginger, also helps fight several infections such as candidiasis, inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, and respiratory syncytial virus*. It is also a popular natural remedy to prevent the common cold and cough.
Research(4) says that ginger's enzymes help in the breakdown and expulsion of gases formed during digestion, thus providing relief from the discomfort*. Ginger can promote digestion by improving the absorption of nutrients, and helps in bowel movement, making it an effective solution for constipation. It is also helpful in reducing bloating*.
The benefits of ginger have also been shown to help provide relief from nausea, vomiting and morning sickness associated with pregnancy. The benefits also extend further to nausea associated with chemotherapy*.
Apart from these, ginger can also help lower blood sugar, reduce the risk factors for heart diseases, lower cholesterol levels, improve brain function, and protect against Alzheimer's disease*.
Ginger can be used in many ways to reap its benefits. Ginger Powder can be used as a spice while cooking vegetables and meat. Its juice can be added to honey or tea to relieve symptoms of cold and flu. Ginger Capsules are another easy way to enjoy the benefits of this superfood.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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