Like many spices, ginger is jam-packed with nutrients that help you to feel great. Ginger can be consumed fresh, dried or powdered, and it is also available as an oil and juice.
Below, we’ve listed some of the benefits of adding ginger to your diet.
Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Similar to turmeric, ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory. It is packed with antioxidants and is therefore a great way to keep you feeling fit and healthy.
Ginger can treat sickness
Ginger has a long history of being used as a remedy against sea sickness, and that sticks even today. By consuming 1-1.5g of ginger, you could help to cure sickness out at sea, or after chemotherapy or surgery. Ginger may also help morning sickness.
Reduces muscle pain after exercise
In a study where 2g of ginger was consumed daily for 11 days, it seemed to drastically improve muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises. This tasty spice does not take immediate effect, however it can be beneficial when used over time due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Lowers blood sugars and reduces risk of heart disease
Despite this area of study being somewhat new, it is widely thought that consuming 2g of ginger every day can reduce blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. Ginger can also help to lower cholesterol levels.
Reduces menstrual pain
In a study where women consumed 1g of powdered ginger every day in the first three days of their menstrual period, women found that the pain they experienced during their menstrual period significantly reduced, with similar results to that of taking ibuprofen.
Ginger can also help other types of pain, including stomach pain and indigestion by speeding up digestion time.
With all of these benefits and more, try adding ginger to your diet to aid your healthy lifestyle.
If you are pregnant or have other health-related issues, please speak to your doctor before drastically increasing your consumption of ginger as it may have side effects.