What Are The Good Benefits of Ginger to Your Body
There are numerous benefits of ginger and it’s used in a variety of ways! Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. A rhizome is the horizontal stem of a plant usually found underground. Roots and shoots grow out from its nodes. Other names for rhizome are rootstalks or creeping rootstalks. Hence, you may have heard the common name of ginger referred to as root ginger or ginger root.
Ginger is a perennial, reed like, plant growing three to four feet tall. It produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. Because of its appealing beauty and attraction to warm climates, it’s used as landscaping for many subtropical homes.
Ginger has a sweet and spicy aroma. Young ginger rhizomes are juicy, fleshy and have a very mild taste. It’s picked and used as an ingredient in cooking dishes or steeped in boiling water for ginger tea. Powdered dry ginger is often used as a flavoring for snacks: candy, bread, cookies, crackers, cakes and more. Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from these roots is extremely potent. It’s used as a spice or flavoring for Chinese, Japanese or many South Asian cuisines.
Ginger was originally cultivated in South Asia. Top producers are now found in the countries of: India, China, Indonesia, Napal, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand, Phillipines and Sri Lanka. Historically, the medicinal term for ginger was Jamaican ginger. It’s now cultivated in Jamaica and comes into this country dried and preserved. Ginger from the West Indies is considered to be the best.
Here are The 8 health benefits of ginger.
1. Ginger May help prevent cancer
Ginger contains volatile oils known as gingerols which not only act as antioxidants, but they are also powerful anti-cancer agents. Studies have shown that they not only can prevent cancer, but they can safely destroy cancerous cells without any side effects. According to studies the cancers that can be cured are ovarian, colon, breast and skin cancer.
2. Ginger May drastically lower blood sugars
This area of research is relatively new, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties.
In a 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12% .
It also dramatically improved hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a marker for long-term blood sugar levels. HbA1c was reduced by 10% over a period of 12 weeks.
There was also a 28% reduction in the Apolipoprotein B/Apolipoprotein A-I ratio and a 23% reduction in malondialdehyde (MDA), which is a byproduct of oxidative stress. A high ApoB/ApoA-I ratio and high MDA levels are both major risk factors of heart disease .
Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.
3. Ginger May help lower cholesterol levels
High levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
The foods you eat can have a strong influence on LDL levels.
There’s some evidence, in both humans and animals, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and blood triglyceride levels.
4. Ginger May improve brain function
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process.
They’re believed to be among the key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.
Animal studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also help improve brain function in middle-aged women.
5. Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.
Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
6. Ginger Can treat many forms of nausea
Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea .
It may help relieve nausea and vomiting for people undergoing certain types of surgery. Ginger may also help chemotherapy-related nausea, but larger human studies are needed .
However, it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.
Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea, including chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.
7. Skin Care And Ginger Essential oil
Ginger oil is extracted by steam distillation from the rhizome root and yields about 3% oil. It has a pale yellow to dark amber color with a strong, or sharp, spicy-warm aroma. It has invigorating, energizing, stimulating, anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. Ginger essential oil is not recommended to use internally.
Helps: clear bruises, carbuncles, sores on the skin, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pains, relieve acne, lighten age spots, fight skin damaging free radicals, reduce cellulite, promote smoothness and evenness of skin tone, decrease inflammation, increase radiance to skin, provide aromatherapy benefits and more!
This oil is used in many commercial and homemade skin care products: soaps, shampoos, balms, body scrubs, creams, lotions, bath oils, massage oils and more. Ginger oil blends well with: bergamot, frankincense, neroli, rose, sandalwood, yiang-yiang, patchouli, rosewood, cedarwood, coriander, lime, grapefruit, geranium, spearmint, lavender, orange, vetiver and other spice or citrus oils. It’s a non-toxic and, mostly, non-irritating substance, except when used in higher concentrations.
CAUTION! Ginger oil can irritate skin and cause photosensitivity, (sensitivity to sunlight). It can cause allergic skin reactions such as rashes, hives, redness or other skin irritations. Those with sensitive skin should either avoid using ginger oil or use with extreme caution. Stop using any products containing ginger oil, immediately, upon signs of skin irritation. If symptoms persist, seek advice from your medical health provider.
8. Anti Inflammatory qualities
Ginger is actually a root and it has oily resins, which actually makes this herb an anti-inflammatory. Honey has in it antibiotics that help in healing inflammation. Healing a joint ache or a muscle pain is possible while consuming the ginger-honey mixture on a regular basis. Moreover, it can affect the inflammatory activities of the cells of the body too. Treating chronic inflammation is also possible with this mixture. Healing of Osteoarthritis is to an extent possible through the consumption of this mixture.