Ginger is a rhizome of the plant Zingiber, and a natural medicinal herb that has been used for years in cuisines and for making medicines. It has immense health benefits which are listed below.
Amazing health benefits of ginger
- Blood pressure
High blood pressure can cause severe problems in the brain, kidney and heart and ginger is very effective in reducing high blood pressure thus reducing the risks of such diseases. Voltage dependant channels of calcium are reduced when ginger is consumed, thus causing a significant decrease in hypertension.
Ginger is a great remedy for nausea caused due to morning sickness during pregnancy, motion sickness, chemotherapy nausea or any other surgery related nausea.
- Digestion and gastrointestinal distress
Ginger has been proved to be very effective in gastrointestinal distress, because of its high fiber content, which increases gastrointestinal mobility. It can be used for indigestion, stomach upset, and diarrhea and vomiting. It decreases the bacterial infection in the stomach. Ginger regulates the balance of acids and toxins in the stomach. Ginger promotes digestion by improving the passage of food through the upper part of the digestive tract and stimulating the production of digestive juices.
- Weight loss
Ginger helps in weight loss by making the digestive system function properly, helping the process of ingested food efficiently and boosting the metabolism and also burning fat. Apart from this, recent studies proved that consuming ginger also enhances the felling of fullness, thus suppressing appetite which helps in reducing consumption of food, and in turn losing weight.
Researchers have proved that ginger has the ability to kill cancer cells. There are two ways by which ginger kills the cancer cells; by making the cells destroy themselves, without disturbing the surrounding health cells and by tricking the cancer cells to eat themselves. The first way is known as apoptosis and the second way is known as autophagy. Research shows that ginger can effectively kill breast cancer cells; prostate cancer cells (in the male prostate glands) ovarian cancer cells, in the ovaries (the female reproductive organs) and slows the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Ginger also has properties to stop the spread of cancer cells of leukemia, kidney, skin, lung etc.
Ginger has the potential to control high blood sugar levels and controls enzymes that cause Type II diabetes. When the body fails to produce sufficient amount of insulin to regulate sugar level, it leads to Type II diabetes and ginger has the ability to help to increase insulin sensitivity. It also helps to reduce incidence of diabetic nephropathy.
- Pain relief
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, because it contains organic compounds called gingerols, which are very powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and which help to relieve pain, especially muscle strain due to strenuous exercising. Ginger is a natural pain-killer and has the efficacy to reduce pain more effectively than pills and ginger is used to pain and swelling and inflammation in the knee, related to arthritis and other muscle complaints. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce soreness and tenderness of the muscles, providing relief to the joints and reducing pain. It is used to relieve stomach pain, chest pain and low back pain.
- Acid reflux and heart burn
Apart from promoting smooth intestinal movement and proper digestion, ginger absorbs stomach acid and relaxes the muscles of the esophagus (which is a tube that connects the throat to the stomach) and lessens acid reflux and heart burn. It stimulates gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion. Ginger is very effective for inducing excessive gas to leave the body and also prevent gas formation.
- Helps blood flow
Proper flow of blood is very important because poor circulations can cause various health complications and ginger stimulates all the tissues of the body, and improves the flow of blood.
- Prevents cold and flu
Ginger is an excellent natural treatment for cold and flu. It helps to cure fever and chills and fights illness and infections.
- Menstrual cramps
Ginger is promotes menstrual regularity and is an excellent remedy for menstrual cramps. It reduces the levels of prostaglandins hormones that activate cramps, hence relieving cramps.
- Bone health
Ginger has the potential to relieve joints pain and improve bone health.
- Migraine relief
By reducing the levels of prostaglandins hormones, which causes pain and inflammation, ginger also provide relief for headache and migraine.
- Boosts immune system
Ginger is a great natural remedy for boosting the immune system
- Blood thinner
Ginger has natural blood thinning properties which reduces the risks of diseases such cholesterol, and heart attacks. It cleanses the blood and improves circulation, thus preventing blood clots and stroke.
- Highly nutritious
Ginger contains vitamins, potassium, iron, zinc, silicon, sodium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and beta-carotene, which provides immense health benefits.
- Respiratory health
Ginger is a natural herbal remedy for respiratory problems. It is a natural expectorant and cures cough and chest congestion. Ginger also helps to treat asthmatic symptoms. It loosens the mucus and expels phlegm, thus making breathing easier. It also helps to soothe the scratchiness in the throat and prevents irritation and pain.
Ginger has anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which prevents various diseases and help the body to function properly.
- Reduces heart diseases
Ginger’s blood thinning property thins blood, reduces cholesterol and narrowing of the arteries, thus reducing the risks of heart diseases.
- Sexual activity
Ginger increases lustful yearnings and enhances sexual activity. It arouses the sex desire and stimulates sexual performances in men and women. It is a natural remedy that helps in getting rid of erectile dysfunction, a problem faced by men around the world. It is also used in the treatment for premature ejaculation. The ginger juice is a natural cure for sexual weakness.
- Detoxifies and disinfects
Consuming ginger promotes sweating which open the pores and helps to detoxify and at the same time, reduces viral and bacterial infection when sweating.
- Urinary tract infection
Ginger has anti-bacterial properties that aids to treat urinary tract infections and also helps to reduce inflammation and burning sensation.
Ginger can be used naturally by adding in foods or drank as ginger tea. Ginger is also available in capsule and powder form.