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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Ginger

Updated on December 5, 2016
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Ginger Health Benefits

Ginger is best known as a spice to compliment many different foods especially in Asian cuisines, one either loves ginger, or doesn't, rarely is there an in-between. Eating a bit of ginger everyday has a tremendous therapeutic and healing effect on the human body. Originating from southeast Asia, it's been consumed for thousands of years and also has been long utilized for it's powerful medicinal purposes.

Ginger is most notably a long standing superstar in the treatment of many stomach-related problems. But many of its more impressive health benefits has been less notarized. However, ginger is finally coming into it's own as a superfood. The following are ten amazing health benefits and advantages of eating ginger daily!

1. Ginger Boosts the Immune System

A research conducted in Germany has discovered that ginger promotes healthy sweating. It not only assist in detoxification of the body, but helps the body defend itself against infections. Ginger will fight off bad bacteria in the stomach and ease off colds and the seasonal bout of flu.

It can also relieve upper respiratory tract infections, coughing, and throat irritation due to bronchitis. Enjoying ginger won't only fight off illness, but will proactively protect the body from incoming sickness and infections. It's loaded with beneficial compounds and antioxidants that continually battle many undesirable conditions.

2. Ginger Reduces Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

It's true, ginger has been confirmed to reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke. It helps reduce fatty deposits from building in the arteries, thus reducing the risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. It's widely known that garlic is a natural blood thinner that helps prevent blood clots--but I'd wager not many people know that ginger surpasses garlic in preventing dangerous blood clots from forming.

Ginger reduces arthritis and muscle pain
Ginger reduces arthritis and muscle pain | Source

3. Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Reliever

Ginger has long been used for many aches and pains attributed to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint conditions. Conclusive research shows ginger to contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which abate symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with joints problems. These pain killing compounds are aptly named, gingerols.

Many sufferers taking small daily doses of ginger root reported a reduction in pain and increased mobility. Also, patients noted a decreases in muscle discomfort and less swelling. There are some cases in which ginger relieved aches in the chest and knees. Many professionals now compare taking ginger extract to being on a regimen of ibuprofen, without the risks, respectably.

4. Ginger as Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Active compounds in ginger can aid in preventing cancers and is even being used to treat patients who are already diagnosed with tumorous growths. Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research has confirmed that ginger successfully inhibited growth of tumors and defended against colon cancer.

Additionally, utilizing ginger extract helped eliminate cells of cancerous ovarian growths in women. Ovarian cancer is tragically often a case of being caught off guard, over 50% of patients are diagnosed in advanced stages. Eating ginger daily can greatly prevent or mitigate the growth and spread of ovarian tumors.

5. Ginger Prevents Motion Sickness

It is still inconclusive as to what exactly ginger does to prevent nausea related to traveling. But recent study points to the effect ginger has on the nullification of gastric dysrhythmias, caused by the motions associated with driving, flying, and being on a boat in open waters. A great natural alternative to drugs and medications.

Consuming some ginger can effectively ameliorate a wide range of intestinal distress. Even the Navy has been using ginger powder to combat motion sickness suffered by it's cadets. If it's being used on that scale for motion sickness, inconclusive study or not, it works! Ginger is also used for post surgery dizziness and vomiting, a study concluded that over 80 percent of patients felt substantial relief in nausea.

Eating ginger during pregnancy
Eating ginger during pregnancy | Source

6. Ginger Alleviates Morning Sickness

Starting a steady regiment of ginger consumption can greatly reduce the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Amazingly, even in severe nausea cases in which hospitalization was necessary, ginger was a fantastic all natural remedy for expectant mothers. Whereas standard medications for vomiting can cause birth defects.

Ginger is perfectly safe for pregnant women, considering only a minimal amount is required. Coincidentally, ginger is used to mitigate and can greatly reduce pain and cramps due to menstruation. Proving once again that ginger is an invaluable natural herbal alternative to common medications--that may or may not have adverse side effects and risk of drug interactions.

7. Ginger Prevents and Relieves Migraines

The journal of Phytotherapy Research states that ginger is equally effective as many other common migraine medications. Although those involved in the study that had been selected to receive ginger(double blind study) instead of the pharmaceuticals, did not experience any side effects. Proving once again that ginger provides many medicinal benefits, without the risk. Why take a prescription drug for migraines with considerable side effects? That's like taking a drug to mitigate migraines, but rolling the dice for other headaches!

8. Ginger Treats Numerous Stomach Problems

Ginger really shines when it comes to healing the myriad of discomforts one can experience due to stomach problems. As aforementioned, ginger has profound and significant benefits in alleviating nausea stemming from motion sickness, morning sickness and after surgery vertigo and nausea, but that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

Ginger can also treat and reduce upset stomach, heartburn, excessive gas, diarrhea, and colic. Additionally, routinely eating or drinking ginger tea can remedy a loss of appetite. It also has the terrific and useful capability of aiding in the digestion process, ultimately leading to the improvement in food and nutrition absorption. Ginger puts Pepto-Bismol to shame in terms of overall effect.

Ginger helps fight off colds and flu
Ginger helps fight off colds and flu | Source

9. Ginger Helps with Respiratory Problems

Ginger is commonly used to combat many respiratory ailments. It helps the lungs contract and expand more effectively, thus aiding in removing mucus and phlegm. There are also studies being conducted on it's therapeutic impact on ameliorating breathing difficulties. Individuals that have been diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome also find ginger quite useful. Many that were on ventilator support could go more days off the support of a ventilator by taking daily doses of ginger extract.

10. Ginger Lowers Cholesterol

Although, there are no conclusive studies, there has been a plethora of clinical studies and anecdotal evidence emerging that suggest ginger can lower cholesterol. One prominent research study showed that ingesting three grams of ginger powder daily successfully lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels in those deemed to have above normal cholesterol.

There are current studies taking place on ginger's validity to extend years to a person's life. Much like all things enjoyed in life, ginger should be enjoyed in moderate amounts, as to avoid any unwanted side effects surrounding over-consumption. If you have found this article helpful, please feel free to share it with a friend or your social network, Facebook, tweet it or pin it!

Precautions and Risks of Ginger Consumption

The unfortunate reality is that too much of something good is generally a bad thing. Even in the case of consuming a powerhouse superfood, such as ginger. Before deciding to begin a daily regimen of ginger, it's prudent to discuss the risks involved with your physician, regarding your specific risks and possible drug interactions or other complications. Generally speaking, ginger in moderation is perfectly safe for most people, yet some may experience the following side effects.

  • Diarrhea
  • Skin irritation
  • Heartburn
  • Dry-mouth
  • Increased bleeding in women(menstrual)

Additionally, those with bleeding disorders should be cautious with ginger ingestion, it can increase the risk of bleeding. It should also be pointed out that eating ginger during pregnancy is controversial. However, there is no definitive studies that ingesting ginger will harm the fetus, but doctors do concur that ginger should not be taken too close to the delivery date, due to bleeding risks.


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      Sujatha Guruvayurappan 2 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      Informative post on Ginger.

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      Rajesh Kumar Giri 2 years ago from Delhi, India

      Undoubtedly the way you represent the facts and information in contents, I am impressed and like to learn more and more from you.


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      Michael Kismet 2 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for visiting guys, I appreciate the feedback!

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      Very nice article on the health benefits of Ginger Michael Kismet. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Very informative and well researched.

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