Today Ginger is surprisingly the most widely used dietary condiment in the world. It is part of turmeric and cardamom family, which may explain why the health benefits of ginger are so extraordinary.
Ginger comes from rhizomes family. A rhizome is an underground stem that grows horizontally and roots downward while leaves and new stems grow on top. The buds then form at intervals along each stem. The Chinese and the Indians used ginger tonics to treat diseases for more than 4,700 years. It was an invaluable commodity during the Roman Empire’s trade around the coming of Christ because of its medicinal properties.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Here are the main health benefits of ginger proven by medical studies:
1. Stroke and heart disease
Two of the biggest killers on the planet can be kept away with the regular use of ginger. Especially when eaten with other key super-foods. Garlic, ginger and onions all have an anti-clotting ability. But when eaten together, they are a powerful pillar against heart attacks and strokes!
2. Indigestion and nausea
Whether it’s curing a simple stomachache or morning sickness and severe nausea in pregnancy; ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid and a natural remedy for nausea. Recently, Taiwanese researchers discovered that three capsules (1.2 g total) of ginger could actually help the stomach release its contents into the small intestine of people with dyspepsia – a condition in which 40% of patients suffered an abnormally delayed gastric emptying.
This is one of the reasons that ginger helps people who suffer from bloating, constipation and other gastrointestinal disorders. It relaxes the smooth muscle of your intestinal wall and helps food move throughout the system. A 2012 study even found that ginger could help relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment. But ginger only seemed to help relieve nausea and vomiting within six to 24 hours of chemotherapy.
Eating whole ginger, drinking fresh ginger juice and inhaling diffuse ginger essential oil are very effective ways of curbing stomach disorders.
Proper food transportation (and nutrient absorption) from the mouth through the colon is the mainstay of health. If food gets stuck somewhere in between, it can ferment, rot or (even worse) cause an obstruction, which is a vital emergency. Poor digestion can also cause poor assimilation of nutrients in your food.
Either way, both cause malabsorption, and your body suffers from nutrient deficiencies. That’s why ginger is so important. As we have seen above, it helps promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food and is largely responsible for promoting a strong immune system.
4. Compromised immunity and respiratory function
Ayurvedic medicine has praised ginger’s ability to boost the immune system before recorded history. They believes that ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. We can use Ginger essential oil for lymphatic system drainage. Dr. Oz says,
“By opening these lymphatic channels and keeping things clean, ginger prevents the accumulation of toxins that make you vulnerable to infections, especially in the respiratory system.”
Combine ginger oil and oil Eucalyptus is an effective remedy for immunity and improve breathing.
5. Benefits of Ginger in Cancer
In a research over mice without an immune system, scientists at the University of Minnesota discovered that three weekly Ginger meals were delaying the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Michigan have confirmed these findings with ovarian cancer. In fact, it was identified that;
“The ginger treatment of cultured ovarian cancer cells induces a profound inhibition of growth in all the cell lines tested.”
Key Points to Remember:
The Executive Director of the Herbal Therapy Research and Education Center, Basil Roufogalis, said,
“The most likely way to administer ginger as an analgesic would be tea taken several times a day.
For most people, taking 1,000 milligrams of ginger root powder is effective – or two drops twice daily of ginger essential oil.
Since long people are widely using Ginger to naturally improve diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity. Based on this knowledge; a 2006 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Which revealed that they could also suppress the accumulation of sorbitol in human blood cells and sugar-fed rats. In simple terms, ginger not only helps prevent and reverse diabetes itself but it protects against and enhances diabetic complications like diabetic retinopathy!
A 45-day, double-blind, controlled clinical study conducted on 85 subjects with high cholesterol. It revealed that the three grams of ginger powder divided into three doses resulted in significant reductions in most cholesterol markers. Another study, which analyzed hypothyroid rats, supports these findings. Researchers found that ginger extract lowered LDL cholesterol to a similar extent to that of atorvastatin. Doctors prescribed this to lower cholesterol levels.
8. Benefits of Consumption of Ginger in Arthritis
A study conducted to find the effects of ginger on osteoarthritis. The researchers found that the group of ginger extracts had higher rates of reduction in resting knee pain (63%) than in the control group (50%). Further analysis showed a consistently higher response in the ginger extract group compared to the control group. It shows the reduction in resting knee pain, knee pain after walking and the reduction in the index composite of osteoarthritis.
4 Best Ways To Use Ginger
There are many forms and ways you can use ginger to benefit your health. The most common forms of ginger include:
You can add sliced ginger (the size of your thumb) in a smoothie every morning or use it to make homemade vegetable juice.
Ginger Essential Oil
The most powerful form of ginger is ginger essential oil because it contains the highest levels of ginger. It is one of the number 1 ingredients to be used as medicine. In order to treat any existing health problem we can consume ginger in various form. In case of pain we can also rub ginger essential oil topically with a carrier oil over an area of pain. Typically, two to three drops of essential oil is the recommended therapeutic dose.
Ginger Tea Benefits
This liquid form of ginger is commonly used to relieve nausea, calm the stomach and relax the body. Have a cup two to three times a day to reduce inflammation. Plus, adding some honey and lemon to ginger tea, make it delicious!
Using ground ginger powder for cooking is a great way to enjoy this super ginger spice. I use it to make curry chicken, pumpkin pie and a ginger smoothie for breakfast. In addition, it can be taken as supplement.
It has been proven that there are several benefits of ginger when consumed alone or incorporated with garlic, turmeric or lemon. However, it is important to keep moderate consumption of these herbs and vegetables as sometime high consumption can cause uninvited health issues.