9 Health benefits of ginger consumption

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9 Health benefits of ginger consumption

Ginger is one of the healthiest and tastiest spices in the world. It comes from China and is literally packed with nutrients and bioactive components that have a tremendous impact on our body and brain.

Its use as a natural medicine has a very long history. It was most often used to support digestion, to prevent nausea and to treat flu.

Ginger becomes an integral part of Asian cuisine due to its characteristics. In Vietnam, ginger is used in various recipes such as Pho, fried beef ... especially seafood recipes ...

1. Ginger contains gingerol

Gingerol is a substance with a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. It greatly reduces pain. If we have a painful inflammation in the body, ginger tea is a great solution, since warming and standing still increase the positive effects.

2. Ginger against nausea

In several studies, ginger had the same effects as prescription medicines against nausea. It is an excellent supplement for people with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy and are often ill. It is also very popular among pregnant women because it is one of the most effective natural remedies against morning sickness. According to a study on 1,278 pregnant women, the effective dose is 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger.

3. Reduces muscle pain

High ginger efficiency has also been shown in muscle fever. For ginger to be effective, it is necessary to consume 2 grams of ginger. The disadvantage is that the effect is not immediate.

4. Helps with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a very common health problem. It involves joint degeneration, which leads to pain and stiffness. In a study of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, there was great success in ginger treatment. People felt much less pain and required less medication.

5. Reduces blood sugar and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

This area of ​​research is relatively new, but ginger is estimated to have excellent antidiabetic effects. In a recent study (2015) where 41 subjects with 2.2 grams of ginger daily reduced their blood sugar by 12%. In addition, markers for oxidized lipoproteins (a major factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases) were found to be 23% lower.

6. Helps digestion

If you feel that your food is in your stomach for hours after it is consumed, feel for ginger. It was found that 1.2 grams of ginger before meal accelerated gastric emptying by half!

7. Reduces menstrual pain

A study with 150 women showed that if women were taking 1 g of ginger for the first three days of their menstrual cycle, its effects were comparable to the most commonly used painkiller, ibuprofen.

8. Ginger lowers LDL cholesterol

LDL cholesterol (“bad”) is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The diet we consume has a significant effect on LDL cholesterol levels. During a 45-day study involving 85 people, it was shown that consuming 3 grams of ginger significantly reduced LDL cholesterol. Another interesting research has shown that ginger is as effective as the known cholesterol lowering drug atorvastatin. Both studies also reported a decrease in total cholesterol and triglycerides.

9. Has anti-cancer effects

These effects are attributed to the gingerol substance. Already two grams of ginger have had excellent results when used in people with colon cancer. Other studies have confirmed positive effects in pancreatic, ovarian and breast cancer.

Other confirmed effects include improving memory, reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease, helping to fight infections (slowing the proliferation of many types of bacteria).

Petra Kopecká

Oct 27, 2016