Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatuent, and anti-microbial properties. It is one of the oldest remedies known to herbal and aromatic traditional treatments, holding a good amount of minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Studies suggest ginger to be effective against E.coli induced diarrhea, especially in children. Ginger also has no cholesterol, containing only 80 calories per 100 g. It composes of many essential nutrients and vitamins such as B6 and B5 which are vital for optimal health. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of this age-old root.
First things first; ginger has been known for years to aggressively combat ovarion cancer. According to research done by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, ginger can destroy ovarian cancer cells and even offers many protective benefits for colon cancer.
Now, ready for something really amazing? Get this. One study out of Georgia State University revealed that whole ginger extract shrank prostate tumors size by 56% in mice. Meanwhile, cancer pharmaceuticals were shown to not only be ineffective at permanently shrinking tumors, but actually made tumors larger and kill patients more quickly. Something natural foods just don’t do.
Gingerols, the compound found in ginger that give it its anti-inflammatory qualities, prevent carcinogenic activity. It succeeds in killing cancer cells while leaving healthy cells completely unharmed.
Promotes Bone Health & Arthritis Relief
Ginger is great for bones and is known to effectively relieve joint pain. Gingerols are directly associated with improvements in knee inflammation, while suppressing the inflammatory compounds before they begin to take affect in the body.
Numerous researches has found ginger to reduce pain and improve mobility for those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Two clinical studies found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscular discomfort all experienced relief.
In addition to muscle and joint pain, ginger also offers benefits for those experiencing obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, numerous cancers, and cardiovascular disease.
Ginger helps regulate high sugar levels that may disrupt digestion, and soothes stomach aches and nausea. It contains a number of compounds that improve absorption of minerals and nutrients from food we eat. Ginger can also stimulate appetite, preparing the digestive system for an influx of food. For that reason, ginger is quite popular in Asian countries as an appetizer.
For stomach aches, a good cup of ginger tea will do the trick and is way more effective than ginger ale. You can add mint, or lemon juice, for flavor and a spoonful of raw honey.
Treats Diarrhea & Excess Gas
Since ancient times ginger has been used to cure diarrhea. It prevents stomach spasms, and gases that contributes and stimulates diarrhea. Ginger is a potent carminative and helps make excess gas leave your body. Too much gas built up in the body can force its way upward, putting pressure on intricate organs in the torso. Ginger helps force the gas down, leaving in a healthy manner, while preventing more gas from building up again.
Fights Cold & Flu
For ages ginger has been prescribed to fight illness and infection. While white blood cells are busy patching up damaged cells in the body and defending against illness, ginger helps soothe symptoms such as induced fever, headaches, and cramps (including menstrual cramps).