Ginger is a root and is a flexible ingredient that can be consumed in drinks (tea, beer, ale) or in cooking. We use ginger to make foods spicy and even as a food preservative. Health benefits of ginger are enormous and so, for over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. Besides, it promotes energy circulation in the body and increases our body’s metabolic rate.
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Here is a list of some of the amazing benefits of ginger that you may not be aware of. You can do further research if you want to use ginger for medicinal purposes.
First, let us look at the Nutrition Facts of Ginger.
Percentage of RDA
|Total Fat||0.75 g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.0 g||5%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.203 mg||4%|
|Vitamin A||0 IU||0%|
|Vitamin C||5 mg||8%|
|Vitamin E||0.26 mg||1.5%|
|Vitamin K||0.1 µg||0%|
|(Source: USDA National Nutrient database)|
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The Health Benefits of Ginger
Maintains Normal Blood Circulation
Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as, helps prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.
Remedies Motion Sickness
Ginger is an effective remedy for nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown, but in a study of naval cadets, those given ginger powder suffered less.
One of the health benefits of ginger is that, improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.
Cold and Flu Prevention
Ginger is a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia and other parts of the world. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day.
Combats Stomach Discomfort
Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding a possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen.
Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.
Fights Common Respiratory Problems
If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.
Combats Morning Sickness
Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.
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10 benefits of ginger that you didn’t know about (lifehack.org)