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8 Nutritional health benefits of Ginger

Zingiber officinale is a flowering plant that is popularly known as ginger. Ginger's root (rhizome) is a popular ingredient in a variety of cuisines; moreover, ginger has been used medicinally throughout Asia and Africa for thousands of years, most notably in India.

Ginger may be used in a variety of ways. It is edible both fresh and dried. Additionally, it is accessible as tinctures, capsules,, and lozenges. Ginger oil and ginger extract are also available commercially.


Ginger has very rare adverse effects. However, excessive intake of ginger may cause heartburn, diarrhoea, or oral discomfort. Avoid ginger Consumption if you are prone to bleeding. Consult your healthcare provider before beginning ginger supplements if you intend to use them frequently, have gallstones, or are using any blood-thinning medicines.

Numerous health advantages of ginger have been validated by scientific study, including the following:


1. Improves digestion

Ginger's ingredients are known to increase the production of bile and saliva, as well as the passage of food through the digestive tract. Consuming ginger can help patients with indigestion issues.

2. May help prevent stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers are open sores on the inside of the stomach that are painful. Non-periodic anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as naproxen and ibuprofen, can cause stomach ulcers. Additionally, a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can increase the chance of developing ulcers on the stomach's surface. Ginger inhibits the development of Helicobacter pylori and may help prevent stomach ulcers associated with the use of NSAIDs.

3. Assists with nausea

Ginger has been found to successfully alleviate and prevent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, chemotherapy, and the postpartum period. While ginger appears to be effective at reducing motion sickness-induced nausea, it does not appear to be effective at preventing motion sickness-induced vomiting.

Eating 1-1.5 grams of ginger (or 1-2 small to medium-sized candied ginger pieces) will help avoid nausea.

4. Assists in the reduction of pain and inflammation

Ginger has been shown to aid in pain relief. Ginger can help relieve pain associated with many forms of arthritis by assisting in the reduction of joint inflammation. Additionally, taking a daily ginger supplement might help relieve muscular pain following an exercise

Ginger can also be used to treat women suffering from severe menstruation discomfort.

Note: It is preferable to take natural ginger in place of ginger supplements.



5. Increases the rate of sweating

Ginger is a diaphoretic, meaning it stimulates perspiration, which aids the body in eliminating toxins. When ginger is ingested, it produces a warming sensation, which is why it is a popular treatment for cold and flu symptoms.

6. Enhances cognitive function

Ginger's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities may help prevent cognitive loss associated with ageing. Ginger has been shown to enhance attention and information processing capacity.

7. Lowering cholesterol levels

Numerous studies have demonstrated a substantial reduction in "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood as a result of ginger intake.

8. May help with blood sugar control

Ginger has been found in studies to help patients with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. HbA1c (a marker of long-term blood sugar control) also improved in the same research. These are encouraging findings, but further study is required to validate them.

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