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The Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

Updated on October 17, 2016

Ginger is a root that has been linked with some incredible health benefits. If you are impressed by some of the following health benefits of Ginger then you will be pleased to see that it is something that you can add easily to your diet, as it can be enjoyed in a number of ways.

Pickled ginger, ginger tea, gingerbread and ginger ale are just some of the popular uses for this spice. So, how can you expect it to improve your health and life in general?

Stomach Issues

Ginger is already well-known for its properties that help address stomach problems. For example, if you suffer from travel sickness then taking some ginger before you leave home could prove to be the solution. It can also be an effective treatment for an upset stomach, treating diarrhea or preventing nausea. This means that it is very popular among pregnant ladies looking to avoid morning sickness, although some medical experts warn that it can be dangerous to consume too much ginger while pregnant.

Treating Migraines

Some studies in Iran have resulted in scientists coming to the conclusion that ginger can be at least as effective at treating migraines as some popular medications that are commonly used by sufferers. Importantly, it is also said to produce far less risk of harmful side effects than some forms of medication.

Colon Treatment

Another study, this time by the University of Michigan Medical School, revealed that ginger can reduce colon inflammation. This is important because inflammation of the colon is one of the signs that colon cancer could be on the way. Traditionally, ginger has long been used in many different countries as a way of reducing inflammation, so this evidence appears to back up ancient wisdom on the subject.

Feel Better After Exercise

It has also been discovered that ginger is fantastic at helping you feel less of the effects of working out. It can also help to relieve the pain caused by exercise related injuries, such as when you lift a weight that is too heavy for you or work out for too long or too intensely.

Increase Your Appetite

Ginger is also commonly used as an appetite stimulant. This is one of the reasons why it is often used as a meal starter in some cultures (the other being that it tastes really good). The fact that it can be enjoyed in a number of ways means that it is possible to nibble on some zingy ginger or sip some sort of ginger based beverage in order to stimulate your appetite. This can be especially important to anyone who is recovering from any sort of illness and needs to improve their appetite in order to build up their strength now.

Blood Thinning Benefits

Conclusive results have yet to be provided but there is some evidence to suggest that ginger is very effective at thinning the blood in our body. While this can be a positive benefit in a lot of cases it is something that needs to be used very carefully after an operation, as it can increase the risk of bleeding from wounds. This would mean that it could be extremely useful in stopping blood clotting, in preventing heart problems and in treating some types of heart disease. Until further studies are carried out it is impossible to be 100% certain of the benefits of ginger in this case but the signs look promising.

Lower Cholesterol

As with the last point, it is still too early to say for definite that ginger can be used to lower cholesterol, although the current evidence does point to this being the case. Ginger has also been seen to be more effective at lowering blood pressure than some common medicines in various studies.

Reduce Arthritis Pain

Tests carried out with a group of osteoarthritis sufferers suggest that ginger can also be used to help reduce the pain caused by arthritis. Of course, this is no great surprise, as traditional medicine in different parts of the world uses this root to treat medical conditions and to reduce inflammation and pain. Having said that, other studies have been less positive about the benefits of ginger in this case and more information is needed before we can claim this as a definite benefit.

Help Reduce Nausea After Chemotherapy

Another interesting benefit for many people is that ginger can help significantly lower the risk of nausea for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The study carried out by the University of Rochester Medical Center achieved a reduction in nausea symptoms of 40%. It doesn’t prevent vomiting though, so it needs to be used together with anti vomiting medicine. This is still great news, as up to 70% of chemotherapy patients suffer nausea, with the symptoms sometimes lingering on after the vomiting has ended.

Fights Ovarian Cancer

A very interesting study carried out by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that ginger is apparently highly effective in attacking cancerous cells in the case of ovarian cancer. In fact, it was reported that the ginger got rid of the cancer cells in every single case, as well as stopping them from coming back again or becoming resistant to cancer treatment.

Relives Asthma

The ways in which ginger could help asthma sufferers has also been investigated, with some heartening results so far. In this case, the mixture of ginger with asthma medication proved to be more effective at helping relieve the symptoms than the medicine on its own. It is also used by many people to help unblock congested throats and noses and for trying to fight off the cold. In this case, adding some of it to a hot drink can be a particularly useful approach.

Less Painful Menstruation

Women who took ginger suffered less painful menstruation symptoms than those who took only a placebo, in a study run by the Islamic Azad University in Pakistan. In fact, over 82% of the women who took ginger capsules reported an improvement in the pain levels, compared to around 47% in the group taking the placebo.

A Super Root?

As we can see then, ginger has many proposed benefits and many of them have been backed up by solid research from respected institutions. It could be argued, then, that ginger should be added into the diet of most people, as many could benefit from it helpful medicinal effects.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      I love ginger tea for stomach aches. I also love to season food with ginger. Thanks for this informative article. Voted up and useful.

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      Gloria Siess 3 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      I regularly use ginger, half a tsp. or even more, mixed with jam or honey. It helps my asthma and congestion. Nice hub!