HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER
So recently, I found a new way of using ginger to make my meals more healthy and taste sweeter. It’s a known fact that this spice is one of the healthiest we have in our grasp. Despite the various forms it is presented to us – fresh, dried, oil, juice, this is one spice that cannot be ignored.
It has a unique taste, fragrance and flavour which emanates from its natural oils, chief of which is gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger. This compound is responsible for the vast number of medicinal properties attributed to ginger. However, do you know how and why it is highly beneficial and important for our health? Here are a few benefits of this spice:
- It has been used to help digestion, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
- Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is can also curb nausea caused by morning sickness experienced by pregnant women. However, it is wise to consult your doctor before taking it.
- It has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.
- Research has also shown that it may have an effect on pain caused by osteoarthritis. A study found that a combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon and sesame oil, can reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients when applied topically.
- Though still undergoing research, it is possible that ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties.
- One of the traditional uses of ginger is for the relief of menstrual pain.
- There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly.
Do you have any other benefits of ginger? Kindly share with us in the comment section below.
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