8 Health Benefits of Ginger Root [Infographic]
Ginger is considered one of the world’s best and oldest medicines, with its first recorded use found in ancient Sanskrit and Chinese texts thousands of years ago. Modern science indicates that ginger reduces muscle pain, inhibits the development of certain diseases, and counters the onset of obesity. Ginger can be used for tea infusions, giving a warm, slightly lemony flavor.
What is ginger?
Ginger is an herb that was commonly utilized in Greek, Roman, Arabic and Native American traditional medicine for various ailments. Ginger was introduced to Europe in the 16th century and was so highly prized as a medicinal herb that, at the time, one pound of ginger was worth one sheep in England. Today, ginger is one of the most popular spices consumed in the world. Its therapeutic properties, ranging from alleviating digestive problems to providing pain relief, are now being substantiated through numerous scientific studies.
The health benefits of ginger root according to research
1. Bone & Joint Health
Clinical research shows that ginger extracts can improve pain in some patients with arthritis, a condition involving the inflammation of one or more joints that causes pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. In one clinical trial, ginger extract appeared to help reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis (also known as “wear and tear” arthritis) of the knee.
Some studies have compared ginger to conventional drug treatment. In one clinical trial, use of ginger extract was compared to ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug, for patients with osteoarthritis. Both substances significantly reduced pain with no significant difference, suggesting similar efficacies.
2. Digestive Health
Ginger has long been used as a remedy for digestive problems such as indigestion, nausea, gas, bloating, and cramps. Modern clinical evidence suggests that consuming ginger prior to eating could help with indigestion by speeding up the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. The German Commission E (Germany’s equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) currently approves the internal use of ginger for impaired digestion and for soothing an upset stomach.
3. Energy & Brain Support
Extensive research over the last decade has indicated that spices such as ginger may have anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, conditions which result in degeneration of the nervous system, especially the neurons in the human brain. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and brain tumor.
4. Fitness & Strength
Some studies have found that ginger reduces muscle pain, such as pain following exercise, due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Research published in the Phytotherapy Research journal in 2015 concluded that ginger may be used to accelerate recovery of muscle strength following intense exercise, and may help ease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
5. Heart and Circulatory Health
Clinical research suggests that ginger may reduce insulin and blood sugar levels, and increase insulin sensitivity. These effects may have potential therapeutic value against diabetes and heart disease. Recent research published in the Nutrition journal indicated that daily ginger consumption was associated with 8% lower risk of developing high blood pressure and a 13% lower risk of coronary heart disease in adults.
6. Immunity and Overall Health
The chemical constituents of ginger have demonstrated a wide variety of beneficial properties including anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer), and other pharmacological actions. Scientists at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Michigan have found evidence that these constituents potentially help delay the growth of colorectal cancer and ovarian cancer.
In an article published in the Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, researchers reported that ginger was effective against certain bacteria, and was found to have more potential than some conventional antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, ampicillin, and tetracycline.
7. Weight Loss and Metabolism
Clinical evidence suggests that ginger may potentially support weight loss. Phytochemicals in ginger were found to counter the onset of obesity, according to various animal studies. One recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reported that ginger prevents obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also improves exercise endurance.
8. Women’s Health
Some clinical research studies have found that ginger may help reduce the physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). One clinical study saw as many as 36% of the tested women reporting to be being pain free after taking ginger and 62% reporting some or considerable pain relief from ginger. In another study, more than 80% of the women reported an improvement in symptoms related to menstruation following the consumption of ginger.
* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
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