Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the world's healthiest and tastiest spices. It is a member of the Zingiberaceae family and is related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
The rhizome (underground stem component) is the most widely used spice. It is also known as ginger root or just ginger. Fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, ginger can be utilized in a variety of ways. It's a common ingredient in cooking and is occasionally added to processed foods and cosmetics.
Here are five scientifically healthy advantages of ginger
Contains gingerol, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties
Ginger has a lengthy history of usage in both orthodox and alternative medicine. To mention a few of its applications, it has been used to assist digestion, relieve nausea, and treat the flu and common cold.
Ginger's distinct scent and flavour are derived from its natural oils, the most prominent of which is gingerol. The major bioactive ingredient in ginger is gingerol. It is responsible for a large portion of ginger's therapeutic effects. According to studies, gingerol has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Can be used to alleviate a variety of nausea symptoms, including morning sickness
Ginger is highly effective for nausea-related issues. It may aid in the relief of nausea and vomiting in patients having certain types of surgery. Ginger may aid with chemotherapy-related nausea, although further human research is needed.
It may, however, be the most beneficial for pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness. According to a meta-analysis of 12 trials involving 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1–1.5 grams of ginger can dramatically lessen nausea symptoms.
May aid in weight reduction
According to human and animal research, ginger may play a role in weight loss. In a literature analysis conducted in 2019, ginger supplementation significantly lowered body weight, the waist-hip ratio, and the hip ratio in patients who were overweight or obese. In a 2016 research of 80 obese women, ginger was found to help lower body mass index (BMI) and blood insulin levels. Obesity is linked to high blood insulin levels.
Can aid in the treatment of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent medical condition. It is characterised by joint degeneration, which causes symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness. According to one analysis of the research, persons who took ginger to treat their osteoarthritis experienced considerable decreases in pain and impairment.
Can assist in the treatment of persistent indigestion
Chronic indigestion is characterised by recurring pain and discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen. Indigestion is thought to be caused by delayed stomach emptying. Interestingly, ginger has been proven to hasten stomach emptying.
In 2011, a short study was performed to learn about people with functional dyspepsia, which is indigestion with no recognised cause. Where they were given ginger capsules or a placebo.
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