Ginger has been an universal medicine for over five thousand years. Ginger was revealed as the universal medicine by the ancient ancestors of China and India and highly sought out by spice traders.
Ginger was first discovered in Southeast Asia and used as a spicy chinese cuisine, however it’s healing properties did not go unnoticed in China and India and is used today to cure a various set of diseases and health problems.
Ginger is a good source of magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamin B6. Ginger is a source of gingerol which is a relative of capsaicin and has powerful antioxidant capabilities. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries and now science is finally catching up and researchers around the world are realizing that Ginger works. Working wonders in the treatment of various illnesses and conditions.
So let’s go over some of those treatments now, here my top 5 health benefits of ginger.
#1: Ginger relieves nausea
The most known health benefits of ginger is its ability to relieve nausea in addition to helping relieve the symptoms of nausea from a common stomach bug or flu Ginger can be used to combat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy it also prevents morning sickness during pregnancy some Studies have suggested that a safe and effective dose of pregnancy related nausea is one gram of sugar per day taken no longer than 4 days once ingested you have the nausea subside after 30 minutes
People with osteoarthritis should have some ginger to help relieve inflammation and pain without the side effects that many anti-inflammatory drugs contain. Ginger is effective for treating arthritis conditions like joint inflammation and pain. Because of these properties it is a great anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce joint inflammation with its warming effect on aching joints. Ginger contains important antioxidants that cleans blood and it allows more blood to flow into the areas requiring nutrients for faster healing.
And lastly it can improve flexibility and movement of muscles and bones. There was a study conducted in Sweden Stockholm University that consisted of 250 patients who were suffering from either moderate or acute conditions of osteoarthritis.
The patients were supplied with pills containing Ginger extract and out of 250 patients 220 were relieved from their achy joints.
Ginger acts on several fronts as well as relieves discomfort from digestive issues and helps neutralize acids and stimulates secretion of digestive juices to improve digestion. Researchers believe the active ingredient gingerol cause therapeutic effects. A study in the European Journal of gastroenterology found that Ginger stimulates digestion by speeding up the movement of food from the stomach into the upper small intestines.
For immediate relief from any digestive disorder drink one cup of ginger tea or 6 ounces of ginger beer. And just an FYI : Ginger beer is also 3 times stronger than ginger tea.
#4: Reduces respiratory problems
Since Ginger is a good expectorant it’s really good at combating various respiratory problems such as asthma, cough, colds, flu and shortness of breath. Ginger is also effective at removing mucus from the throat and lungs clearing the way for easier breathing especially during times when respiratory problems arise.
#5: Motion sickness
When it comes to motion sickness ginger is a natural preventative as it soothes a queasy stomach and has no side effects. The travel industry is using Ginger more and more to combat nausea caused by motion sickness especially for those that go on cruises. To prevent motion sickness drink a cup of ginger tea or take three to four capsules of ginger before car or cruise trips. It’s best to take it 30 minutes to an hourbefore you travel and this will prevent motion sickness so that you can have an enjoyable trip.