Monday, 29 June 2020

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is one of the most common spices available in most homes. However, apart from adding flavor to meals,  the health benefits of ginger cannot be overemphasized.

Ginger is a flowery plant that originates from China. It is closely related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal. The underground part of the stem called a rhizome is the part called the ginger root used as a spice. The main bioactive compound in ginger is called gingerol. This is what is responsible for it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.

Health benefits of ginger

Health Benefits Of Ginger


Ginger is a very effective remedy for nausea. It can be used to relieve seasickness, nausea after surgery, patients undergoing chemotherapy, and pregnancy-related nausea. However, some believe that large amounts of Ginger can raise the risk of miscarriage. 1- 1.5 grams of Ginger is generally recommended.

Chronic Indigestion

Ginger is believed to speed up stomach emptying time in people with this condition. Delayed emptying of the stomach can cause chronic indigestion which is characterized by pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. Drinking a warm cup of ginger-infused water can reduce symptoms of indigestion.

Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain)

Menstrual pain is pain experienced by women during their menstrual cycle. Ginger has been found to reduce pain especially when taken at the beginning of the period. It has been found to be as effective as pain medication like ibuprofen.


Taking ginger by mouth has been found to reduce pain with osteoarthritis. Some research also shows that ginger oil massaged into the knee can reduce pain from osteoarthritis.

Other Uses

Ginger extract has been used to treat burns and prevent insect bites.

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