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Health Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

 

Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness

 

  • Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea.
  • For example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication.
  • Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.
  • However, ginger had no effect on vomiting episodes in this study.
  • Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.
Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
  • This area of research is relatively new, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties.
  • In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%.
  • It also dramatically improved HbA1c (a marker for long-term blood sugar levels), leading to a 10% reduction over a period of 12 weeks.
  • There was also a 28% reduction in the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio, and a 23% reduction in markers for oxidized lipoproteins. These are both major risk factors for heart disease.

Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion

  • Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) is characterized by recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach.
  • It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion.
  • Interestingly, ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.
  • After eating soup, ginger reduced the time it took for the stomach to empty from 16 to 12 minutes.

 

Ginger Powder May Significantly Reduce Menstrual Pain

  • Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) refers to pain felt during a woman's menstrual cycle.
  • One of the traditional uses of ginger is for pain relief, including menstrual pain.
  • In one study, 150 women were instructed to take 1 gram of ginger powder per day, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period.
  • Ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.

 

Ginger Contains a Substance That May Help Prevent Cancer

  • Ginger extract has been studied as an alternative treatment for several forms of cancer.
  • The anti-cancer properties are attributed to 6-gingerol, a substance that is found in large amounts in raw ginger.
  • In a study of 30 individuals, 2 grams of ginger extract per day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signalling molecules in the colon.
  • However, a follow-up study in individuals at a high risk of colon cancer did not confirm these findings .
  • There is some, albeit limited, evidence that ginger may be effective against pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. More research is needed.

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