Ginger Root and the benefits Ginger (zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant, but we mostly know it for its root (rhizome) which has been used for hundreds of years and has some very impressive health benefits. You can find it in many forms, including the whole root, powder, capsules or even essential oil. Ginger contains a wide range of important vitamins and minerals. It also contains gingerol an active chemical component that is related to capsaicin and pipeline, and it’s what gives chilli peppers and black pepper their spiciness. Gingerol is a potent antioxidant with anti inflammatory benefits. Have a read below to learn about some of the benefits of including ginger in your diet.
- Helps with morning sickness and nausea - studies have shown that ginger is effective in treating morning sickness. So if you are struggling - try having a warm cup of water with some either grated or sliced ginger in it.
- Helps prevent stomach ulcers - Studies have shown ginger to be effective in preventing stomach ulcers from forming.
- Helps fight fungal infections - gingers has powerful anti-fungal properties so can help treat disease causing fungal infections.
- Ginger has anti-cancer properties thanks to the gingerol. Gingerol may be effective in blocking the growth and development of cancer cells.
- Lowers cholesterol levels. Studies have shown ginger to significantly reduce the levels of bad cholesterol found in the blood and raise good cholesterol levels.
- Ginger is an excellent anti inflammatory - and can help reduce muscle and joint pain.
- It helps with menstrual cramps - Ginger is one the most commonly used herbal remedies for period pains. Some studies have shown it to work as effectively as if you were taking NSAIDS.
- Regulates blood sugar - some studies have shown ginger to be beneficial in reducing high blood sugar levels and improving blood sugar levels long term.
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