I love adding fresh ginger to my meals, juices and teas. Ginger also has many benefits.
Health Benefits of Ginger
1. Gastrointestinal Relief
Many studies have supported ginger's stomach-soothing effects. A study conducted in 2009 researched 644 cancer patients and found that taking ginger supplements decreased post-chemotherapy nausea by 40%.
Ginger also reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Effect
Ginger may also help reduce chronic pain, by lowering your levels of hormones that induce inflammation. A study published in 2005, suggests that ginger could lessen pain more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
3. Immune Boosting Actions
Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds. A good sweat may do a lot more than simply assist detoxification.
In lab tests, scientists have showed that ginger extract may slow the growth of colorectal and ovarian cancer cells, as well as protect against Alzheimer's disease.
For more information on the benefits of ginger, check out this infographic.
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