Ginger: 7 Incredible Benefits for Body & Mind

Most of us have got this far in life feeling pretty familiar with ginger. We think we know what it is and we know where to fine it: ginger beer, gingernut biscuits, ginger cake, gingerbread men…the list goes on.

But is this what ginger is really all about? And do you really know what it is?

The chances are that you don’t, despite the fact it’s an easily accessible spice whose taste pops up time and time again. So lets take this opportunity to shine a light on a wonderfully versatlie spice that is not only a popular element of cooking all over the world, it also comes loaded with tremendous health implications.

Ginger has been shown to be beneficial in various ways included below:

1. Form of medicine
Ginger has been shown to have versatile applications in this field.

Gingerol, the main component found in Ginger, is an antioxidant that has been used as an alternative medicine to treat the common cold, respiratory tract infections and the flu, as well as prevent various infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

2. Digestive issues
Utilized to treat indigestion, acid reflux, diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea, including morning & sea sickness, and nausea as a result of chemotherapy treatment, as well as post-surgical procedures. It is thought that it may also have a positive impact on the prevention of stomach ulcers.

3. Anti-inflammatory and pain reduction
May decrease Osteoarthritis symptoms. Also helps alleviate menstrual cycle pain and reduces muscle soreness and muscle pain after working out as well as headaches.

4. Cardiovascular health
Linked to lower blood sugar in diabetics as well as a decrease in risk factors for heart disease including lower cholesterol levels (LDL and triglycerides)

5. Anti-carcinogen
Since ginger is a “superfood,” it may potentially decreases risk of cancer via 6-gingerol, a component of ginger

6. Cognitive Function
May prevent brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and increase overall function of the brain

7. Weight loss
Possibly helps with fat loss and metabolism through an increase in thermogenesis in the body

So it may not be that all these claims are hard and fast scientific fact but there is some evidence for all of these observations. And lets face it, even if they are only 40-50% fact, then that is still pretty impressive and certainly makes ginger an absoutely superb element of our diet.