If you are familiar with traditional medicine, then you probably know the value of ginger as a medicinal plant. Eating ginger every day can cause a massive benefit to your heart and brain.
For thousands of years, throughout the world, ginger has been used to help digestive health and treat pain. In addition, modern studies continue to demonstrate ginger’s benefits in real life and to legitimize it’s use. Whether you take it dry, fresh or in juice, there is no denying that ginger is an integral part of a healthy daily diet. If you are not familiar with this root, here are 5 great reasons to eat ginger every day.
1. Ginger Helps Digestion
The active compounds found in ginger, gingerols, and shogaol, these compounds stimulate digestion by increasing the production of saliva and bile, in addition to promoting the activity of enzymes such as trypsin and pancreatic lipase. They also increase the absorption of nutrients by reducing inflammation and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, the root prevents constipation, indigestion, bloating and cramping by increasing gastric motility (emptying of the stomach). Taking just 1.2 grams of ginger before a meal can really reduce indigestion by up to 50%.
2. Ginger Fights Nausea
Ginger fights nausea by helping to break and expel intestinal gas, accelerating gastric emptying and stimulating antral contractions. Doses of 1 gram are commonly used by naval cadets to treat seasickness and by pregnant women to decrease morning sickness. In fact, it was discovered that ginger works better than dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) against the symptoms of dizziness. It may even work better than vitamin B6 in preventing vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing surgery or chemotherapy.
3. Ginger Relieves Pain
Ginger is a useful traditional remedy for pain caused by primary dysmenorrhea (intense menstrual cramps). The root also has the abilities to fight inflammation, pain, and swelling in the patients suffering from arthritis better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.
In addition, ginger can combat exercise-related pain by increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to aching muscles. In fact, it is a popular post-workout remedy among renowned athletes because of its ability to lessen recovery time after high-intensity exercise.
4. Ginger Reduces Inflammation
Like anti-inflammatory medications, ginger inhibits the pro-inflammatory expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) to provide relief to the patient suffering from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. In fact, a study that was published in the Journal of Complementary Medicine found that ginger was as effective as and much safer than diclofenac, a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat osteoarthritis. Ginger can also be beneficial in controlling asthma and other inflammatory conditions.
5. Ginger May Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease
Ginger regulates the activity of platelets, the blood cells that are meant to help blood clot and prevent uncontrolled bleeding. However, the normal response of platelets can be altered by smoking and hypertension, which can lead to coronary heart disease.
The root also regulates blood sugar and blood pressure levels to optimize cardiovascular health. In fact, 12 weeks of daily intake of 2 grams of ginger can reduce the blood pressure of antihypertensive diabetics by 10%.
How to take ginger
If you are keen to make the most of these benefits and get your body back on track, incorporate ginger into your everyday meals when using it to season meat and vegetables as well as flavor salad dressings or add a kick to desserts.
The easiest way to take it, however, is to make ginger tea and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. To make the tea, add 4 to 6 thin slices of raw ginger into a cup of boiling water and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. After this remove the slices and serve the tea with a small spoonful of honey.