It’s no coincidence that ginger has been used as a natural medicine for several hundred years. Now science is again and again revealing that the root plant has some seriously awesome effects on health.
The edible part, the root itself, is recognizable at grocery shops everywhere. Personally, I eat ginger pretty rarely- not because I dislike it, but because I simply forget to pick some up when I’m at the grocery store. But after seeing this list, forgetting will be much more difficult! Everyone should be aware of this super food’s incredible properties.
Some of the most important include:
It Reduces The Symptoms of Cough and Sore Throat
Natural ginger treatments are extremely effective in the case of common colds and sore throat. All you need to do is to cut the ginger into slices, and add them to boiling water. Then, add some honey and lemon. This natural cure can help you relieve a sore throat and the nasal congestion.
It Boosts Digestion and Prevents Flatulence
In the case of indigestion, ginger is the perfect remedy that can help you. Namely, in order to calm the upset stomach and avoid its bloating and gas, you should boil some ginger slices in water, add honey and consume the drink.
Fights Cancer Cells
According to the doctors at the UMCCC (University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center) ginger is able to wipe out ovarian cancer cells. Its speed in destroying cancer cell is higher and safer contrasted with the platinum-based chemotherapy drugs that are prescribed to ovarian cancer patients. Reports also suggest that people who ingest ginger rhizomes have lower levels of a colon and intestine inflammation, therefore reducing the risk of getting colon cancer.
Ginger contains gingerol, an active ingredient which is efficient in fighting against cell inflammations. One study done on patients suffering from arthritic and muscular pain, found that the consumption of ginger successfully reduces pain and muscle swelling.
Ginger positively affects in the case of other cell inflammation- triggered health issues, like diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s.
A teaspoonful of young ginger juice with some honey will also help alleviate morning sickness, sea or motion sickness, dizziness and even nausea caused by chemotherapy or anesthesia.
It Treats Acid Reflux
According to study results published in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutrition, ginger compounds are six times more efficient than acid blocker drugs. Plus, these medications destroy the stomach acid barrier thus posing a great risk of ulcers and even stomach cancer.
It Relieves Headaches
You can easily relieve migraine headaches by mixing ginger with cayenne pepper and peppermint to make the perfect migraine reliever. Simply add a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon full of dried peppermint to boiling water, then add slices of ginger and let it simmer for a while. This will make the drink stronger. Sweeten the beverage with raw honey or Stevia. Ginger is also effective when used topically. Make a paste of half a teaspoon of ginger powder and a small amount of water and apply it to your forehead to relieve a headache.
Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can also alleviate the toothache. All you need to do is to rub some raw ginger on your gums. Also, you can boil it in water, cool the solution and then use it to rinse the mouth.
Increases blood circulation
Ginger is perfect to eat or boil into a herbal drink if you’re feeling cold. The magical root plant is said to increase blood circulation which makes you feel warmer.
Other benefits of ginger:
– It’s highly recommended to chew some ginger after an operation to prevent nausea and vomiting.
– Chewing some ginger before meals stimulates appetite and digestive juices.
– Muscle strains, especially in athletes, are easily treated with a mixture of ginger paste and turmeric rubbed on the painful area twice a day.
– A glass of ginger water in the morning or before any meal is advised to diabetic patients in order to balance blood glucose levels.