Amazing Health Benefits Of Ginger

(Last Updated On: August 21, 2017)

Ginger, a popular spice, is widely known for its therapeutic properties. It has anti – inflammatory, antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic and several other properties that can effectively bring relief to a host of health issues. Ginger is also a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, calcium, sodium, silicon as well as beta-carotene. You can avail its varied medicinal benefits by consuming it in raw form, extracting the juice, consuming it in the form of supplements or in the form of ginger oil.

Listed below are some amazing health benefits that are associated with ginger:

Treats cold, cough and flu

Ginger has the power to boost your immune system, and thus can be effectively used to treat cold or flu naturally. It also possesses several antitoxic, antiviral as well as antifungal properties. In case you are suffering from a mild fever, ginger can help to relieve you of that fever as it induces sweating and expels heat from your body. It is advisable to consume ginger at regular intervals in a day when suffering from flu or cold. Its properties help in detoxification of your body naturally, that speeds up your healing process. In fact, you can boil ginger in water and inhale the steam to get rid of your nose congestion as well as other common cold symptoms.

Helps to reduce arthritis pain 

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are very strong, which effectively helps in managing pain by reducing swelling generally associated with conditions like arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Applying slightly warmed ginger paste along with turmeric on the affected area more than once in a day can bring results. However, you must not forget to include ginger (raw/cooked) in your daily diet. Also, adding a small amount of ginger oil to your daily bath helps in alleviating aches in your joints and muscles.

Aids in digestion

Ginger juice tends to be an extremely active agent that helps digestion. It can speed up the movement of the food that you eat, from your stomach to the small intestines. All the impurities present in your stomach can be cleared by consuming ginger. Also, ginger has carminative (that helps in reliving flatulence) properties that can soothe your upset stomach. It helps in relaxing your gastrointestinal muscles, thus preventing bloating or gas. Other stomach ailments such as dyspepsia and diarrhoea can also be treated with the help of ginger. Having ginger after a large meal will improve your digestion.

Helps in reducing menstrual pain

Ginger is considered to be a natural but powerful painkiller and its anti-inflammatory properties can help in reducing menstrual pain. Using ginger capsules or powder during the menstrual cycle can help you get relief from the pain. Ginger tea is also a good option as it provides you with quick relief from the soreness and pain that you experience along with cramps, which is quite common among many women at the start of their menstrual cycle.

Can treat migraine

Studies have shown that ginger may be able to provide relief from migraine pains. It can block prostaglandins (natural chemical messengers that increase pain sensitivity receptors in the brain) from causing inflammation or pain in your blood vessels. It also helps to manage the symptoms of nausea and dizziness that are generally associated with migraine.

 Keeps diabetes in control

Not only can ginger help in lowering blood sugar, but also aid in increasing the efficacy of drugs like insulin that are used in treating diabetes. Consuming a moderate amount of ginger mixed with a glass of lukewarm water early in the morning can help to regulate your blood sugar. Apart from this, other health complications related to diabetes may be reduced by consuming ginger.

Promotes healthy heart

The heart healthy properties of ginger can effectively lower your cholesterol level, regulate your blood pressure and prevent blood clotting, thus eventually lowering the risk of several heart conditions and diseases. The high potassium and manganese content in ginger is great for the health of your heart as it protects your ticker, along with the blood vessels as well as the urinary passages.

 Effectively treats morning sickness

Morning sickness is a condition that is quite common among pregnant women. Ginger works in the same way like vitamin B6, helping you to get rid of nausea that is induced by pregnancy.  You can get quick relief by consuming ginger even if you are suffering from the usual nausea. Raw ginger, combined with a few drops of honey, can help you get rid of your morning sickness. In case you aren’t too fond of the taste of ginger, you can choose to have ginger supplements.

Helpful in preventing cancer

Studies have revealed that ginger may be helpful in treating cancer. It has the ability to kill the cells that may cause cancer. The pungent component, known as 6-shogaol, that is present in ginger, is said to have properties that can treat breast cancer, probably more effectively than the conventional chemotherapy. Research has also shown that ginger powder causes damage to the cells that cause ovarian cancer. It also has the ability to prevent other types of cancer such as lung, skin, pancreatic, colorectal and prostate cancer.

 Effective in treating acne

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it one of the most popular home remedies for acne. You can either consume it in raw form or by adding it to your meals. Ginger also helps in promoting blood circulation, which is very good for your skin. Apart from this, you can also apply ginger juice on the acne – affected areas for a quick cure.

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Dr.Rajprabha Patra practiced as a Dental Surgeon for 5 years before making a switch into the business domain with an MBA from ISB. As the Product Manager for Counselling Services at Portea, she aims to make a difference in the way mental health is perceived in India.


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