HEALTH EXPERTS are now telling us we need to introduce a little ginger into our lives? Now, that doesn’t mean we have to adopt an Ed Sheeran look a like or buy a Cilla Black wig.
We just need to use ginger in our daily routine and the health benefits will soon become apparent.
Ginger has been used as a medical aid for centuries. It contains over 100 different chemical components, the most effective being Gingerol – a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.If you are in pain, just nibble some ginger. It can help to reduce pain, decrease inflammation and inhibit bacteria such as protozoa and Salmonella.
Scientific research suggests it can also help your digestive system. You could boost your immunity, heal your ulcers and fight off cancer with this flexible ingredient and it can be consumed in many forms like tea, beer, ale and cooking.
So let’s have a look at some of the alleged health benefits of this wonder plant
It has anti-inflammatory effects
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that has been used as a valuable tool for pain relief, according to Dr. Mercola. Studies have found it to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain from menstrual cramps in women and it also helps with migraine, muscle and joint pain.
May protect against cancer
Research has shown that ginger has the ability to shrink tumours. It can be even more effective than many cancer drugs, according to Natural Society.
Ginger is excellent for your gut health
Ginger helps with digestion, reduces nausea and may even help reduce stomach infections. It helps relax the muscles in your gut lining, which in turn helps food move through your system and relieves irritable bowel syndrome symptoms – gas, bloating, cramps and constipation.
Boosts immune system
Ginger is a strong antioxidant that has been shown to naturally boost the immune system. It is packed full of vitamins, including magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium. Ginger helps kill cold viruses and has been said to combat chills and fever.
Effective in the treatment of morning sickness and nausea
During the first few months of pregnancy, some women can experience morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. Ginger has been shown to help soothe the stomach and relieve these symptoms. A good tip is to add a slice of raw ginger to tea or water.
Helps with arthritis
There are numerous health benefits of ginger, one of which is its incredible pain reducing properties. It also helps reduce inflammation in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, use powder, extract, tincture, capsules and oils, up to 2 grammes in three divided doses per day or up to 4 cups of tea daily.
It’s perfect for detoxing
Ginger root has been shown to relax the intestinal tract and eliminate intestinal gas. It has the ability to help detox your body and remove unwanted toxins.
Ginger is a perfect ingredient to add to soups, stews, smoothies and ideal for juicing. Used in Thai and Indian curries and stir fry’s it can bring a exotic flavour to your mealtimes. So, with it’s wide availability in supermarkets, fruit and vegetable shops and markets isn’t it about time you put a little ginger into your daily life?