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What are the Benefits of Ginger?

author Dr. Anurag Sharma | calender March 06, 2020

Ginger is a member of the same plant family as cardamom and turmeric. The spicy aroma in ginger is mainly due to the presence of ketones, especially the gingerols.Since ancient times ginger has been used for medicinal and cooking purposes. If suffering from stomach pain, nausea, or other health issues, ginger is an instant home remedy.

Usually, people use ginger for cooking in dried or fresh form though for benefitting on health, some consume supplements of ginger as well. According to the research, ginger treats and prevents arthritis, inflammation, and other types of infections as it is antioxidant-rich. Other than that, it reduces the risk of Cancer, Diabetes, and various other health problems.

In this blog, you get to learn more about the possible advantages of ginger for our health.

Why should we eat Ginger?

Ginger is having anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and other healthful properties and serves many benefits. Below we present you some merits for ginger consumption.

GINGER HELPS IN MORNING SICKNESS

It is a fact that ginger is a well-known natural remedy for preventing morning sickness during early pregnancy. According to research, if you take 1 gm of ginger in a day, you can reduce your morning sickness by fivefold on using it for four consecutive days.

Ginger activates the vagus nerve for helping people with nausea. Ginger blocks excess serotonin and activates the vagus nerve in the stomach and gut to reduce nausea and vomiting. But over-activation of vagus nerve serotonin receptors may cause nausea and vomiting for which you should consume ginger in the right amount.

Few types of nausea that ginger reduces:

  • Nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy.
  • Nausea by Cancer chemotherapy.

GINGER IMPROVES THE SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

It is evident from some studies that ginger improves the symptoms of Osteoarthritis. According to the research on 261 people with Osteoarthritis, an extract of standardized ginger reduces the symptoms of Osteoarthritis over six weeks. The extract may upset the stomach mildly, but it is safe.

So, if you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, do not miss consuming ginger.

GINGER IS USEFUL FOR STOMACH DISCOMFORT


Since ancient times people are taking advantage of ginger on suffering from digestive disorders. Ginger boosts digestion and alleviates painful stomach spasms by increasing gut flow.

It is evident from research, if using ginger in combination with artichoke, you would have better digestion over four weeks.

GINGER HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES

Ginger dramatically helps to reduce the inflammation marker CRP in the blood, if consuming 1-3 g/day over 2-3 months. The components present in ginger like oleoresins are quite pungent consisting of most potent anti-inflammatory effects. Similar to NSAIDs (aspirin and Advil), ginger helps to block the inflammation and pain-causing COX enzymes. Consequently, there is a reduction in the production of inflammatory chemicals in cells.

GINGER IS PAIN RELIEVING

Ginger is promising for relieving pain naturally. It works similarly to popular painkiller diclofenac though it does not cause digestive discomfort or damage the stomach lining. All this proves for the short-term; however, we are yet to discover the long-term pain-relieving effects of ginger.

GINGER IS GOOD FOR DIABETES

There are some active compounds in ginger that improve insulin and metabolism. If you are prone to Diabetes, you should consume both dried and fresh ginger in smoothies and veggie-based stir-frys and soups. It helps you to control your blood sugar level.

GINGER PREVENTS HEART DISEASES

The anti-inflammatory compounds present in ginger aids in reducing the risk of chronic disease. As per the review of 2016, on regular ginger consumption, it lowers the blood sugar level and cholesterol in comparison. If you want a healthy heart, consuming ginger is necessary.

GINGER LOWERS THE RISK OF CANCER

Ginger has the cell-protecting properties that lower the risk of certain long-term Cancers. It is all because ginger reduces cellular activity that causes DNA to change, the proliferation of cancer cells, and cell death.

It is also useful for sanitizing tumours for treatments like radiation and chemo. Although ginger is not the only cure to any chronic disease, its regular use with other spices is good for overall health.

Hence, enjoy your foods with ginger to lower the risk of cancer.

WHAT DR ANURAG SHARMA THINKS ABOUT CONSUMING GINGER?

Dr. Anurag Sharma is a veteran and expert cardiologist and values the benefits of ginger for the overall health of his patient.He fully comprehends the various advantages of ginger and does counselling of his patients to consume ginger in their day-to-day meals regularly.

According to him, consumption of ginger brings several benefits like preventing heart diseases, lowering the risk of Cancer, relieving pains in the body, or controlling Diabetes.Moreover, he adds, it is also suitable for stomach discomfort, improving symptoms of Osteoarthritis, and healing inflammation.

If anyone wants more information about the benefits of ginger, visit Dr. Anurag Sharma for consultation.