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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Ginger

Updated on September 11, 2017
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The healing power of ginger
The healing power of ginger | Source

Ginger Health Benefits

Ginger is best known as a spice to compliment many different foods, especially in Asian cuisine. One either loves ginger or one doesn't. Rarely is there an in-between. Eating a bit of ginger every day has a tremendous therapeutic and healing effect on the human body. Originating from Southeast Asia, it's been consumed for thousands of years both for its spicy flavor and its powerful medicinal purposes.

It is most notably used in the treatment of stomach-related problems, but there are other, less-known, benefits as well. The following are ten amazing health benefits and advantages of eating ginger daily!

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1. Ginger Boosts the Immune System

Research conducted in Germany discovered that ginger promotes healthy sweating. It not only assists in the detoxification of the body, it helps the body defend itself against infections. It will fight off bad bacteria in the stomach and ease colds and the seasonal flu.

It can also relieve upper respiratory tract infections, coughing, and throat irritation due to bronchitis. Enjoying ginger won't just fight off illness, it will proactively protect the body from incoming sickness and infection. It's loaded with beneficial compounds and antioxidants that work to battle bacterial and viral conditions.

2. Ginger Reduces Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

Ginger may reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke by helping to prevent fatty deposits from building in the arteries. It's widely known that garlic is a natural blood thinner that helps prevent blood clots, but I'd wager that not many people know that ginger surpasses garlic in preventing dangerous blood clots from forming.

Ginger reduces arthritis and muscle pain
Ginger reduces arthritis and muscle pain | Source

3. Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Reliever

Ginger has long been used to treat aches and pains attributed to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint conditions. Research shows that ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which abate symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with joints problems. These pain-killing compounds are aptly named gingerols.

Many sufferers take small daily doses of ginger root and report increased mobility and a reduction in pain. Also, patients note decreases in muscle discomfort and less swelling. There are some cases in which ginger relieved aches in the chest and knees. Many professionals now compare taking ginger extract to being on a regimen of ibuprofen, without the risks.

A new study reveals that ginger contains a pungent compound that could be up to 10,000 times more effective than conventional chemotherapy in targeting the cancer stem cells.

— Sayer Ji

4. Ginger as Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Active compounds in ginger can aid in preventing cancers and are even being used to treat patients who are already diagnosed with tumorous growths. The American Association for Cancer Research confirmed that ginger successfully inhibited the growth of tumors and defended against colon cancer.

Additionally, utilizing ginger extract helped eliminate cells of cancerous ovarian growths in women. Ovarian cancer is tragically often a case of being caught off-guard, with over 50% of patients diagnosed in advanced stages. Eating ginger daily can greatly prevent or mitigate the growth and spread of ovarian tumors.

5. Ginger Prevents Motion Sickness

It is still inconclusive as to what exactly ginger does to prevent nausea related to traveling, but a recent study points to the effect that ginger has on the nullification of gastric dysrhythmias caused by the motion associated with driving, flying, and being on a boat.

A great natural alternative to drugs and medications, ginger can effectively ameliorate a wide range of intestinal distress. Even the Navy has been using ginger powder to combat motion sickness suffered by its cadets.

If it's being used on that scale for motion sickness, it works! It is also used to treat post-surgical dizziness and vomiting.

Eating ginger during pregnancy
Eating ginger during pregnancy | Source

6. Ginger Alleviates Morning Sickness

Starting a steady regimen of ginger consumption can greatly reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Amazingly, even in severe cases in which hospitalization was necessary, ginger was a fantastic, all-natural remedy for expectant mothers. Some standard medications for vomiting can cause birth defects.

Ginger is perfectly safe for pregnant women, considering only a minimal amount is required. Coincidentally, it is used to control and greatly reduce pain and cramps due to menstruation, proving once again that ginger is an invaluable natural herbal alternative to common medications.

Ginger – The smart person’s aspirin

— Rishika Jain

7. Ginger Prevents and Relieves Migraines

The Journal of Phytotherapy Research states that ginger is as effective as many other common migraine medications. Those involved in the double-blind study that were selected to receive ginger instead of the pharmaceuticals did not experience any side effects.

8. Ginger Treats Numerous Stomach Problems

Ginger really shines when it comes to healing stomach problems. Ginger has profound and significant benefits in alleviating nausea stemming from motion sickness, morning sickness, and after surgery vertigo and nausea. It can also treat and reduce upset stomach, heartburn, excessive gas, diarrhea, and colic. Additionally, routinely eating or drinking ginger tea can remedy a loss of appetite. It also has the capacity to aid the digestion process, ultimately leading to the improvement in food and nutrition absorption. It puts Pepto-Bismol to shame in terms of overall effect.

Ginger for colds and flus
Ginger for colds and flus | Source

9. Ginger Helps with Respiratory Problems

Ginger is commonly used to combat many respiratory ailments. It helps the lungs contract and expand more effectively, thus helping to remove mucus and phlegm. There are also studies being conducted on its therapeutic impact on ameliorating breathing difficulties.

Individuals that have been diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome also find it quite useful. Many that have been on ventilator support could go more days-off the support of a ventilator by taking daily doses of ginger extract.

10. Ginger Lowers Cholesterol

Although there are no conclusive studies, a plethora of clinical studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that ginger can lower cholesterol. One prominent study showed that ingesting three grams of ginger powder daily lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels in those deemed to have above-average cholesterol.

Much like all things enjoyed in life, ginger should be enjoyed in moderate amounts, as to avoid any unwanted side effects surrounding over-consumption.

Precautions and Risks of Ginger Consumption

The unfortunate reality is that too much of anything—even a good thing—can create problems. Before deciding to begin a daily regimen of ginger, it's prudent to discuss the risks and drug interactions with your physician. Generally speaking, ginger in moderation is perfectly safe for most people, yet some may experience the following side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Skin irritation
  • Heartburn
  • Dry-mouth
  • Increased bleeding in women(menstrual)

Additionally, those with bleeding disorders should be cautious with ginger ingestion as it can increase the risk of bleeding. It should also be pointed out that eating ginger during pregnancy is controversial. There are no definitive studies to show that consuming it will harm the fetus, but doctors do concur that it should not be taken too close to the delivery date due to bleeding risks.

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      Sujatha Guruvayurappan 3 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      Informative post on Ginger.

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      Rajesh Kumar Giri 3 years ago from Delhi, India

      Undoubtedly the way you represent the facts and information in contents, I am impressed and like to learn more and more from you.

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for visiting guys, I appreciate the feedback!

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      Very nice article on the health benefits of Ginger Michael Kismet. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Very informative and well researched.