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Ginger: Endless Benefits

Ginger is one of the healthiest spices you have ever tasted. It is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia, and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family.

 In one hand, it has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years, in the other hand, people use it know in cooking or herbal tea, fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice in their daily life.

Benefits of ginger:

The positive effect of ginger are very multiple. It may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties.

Ginger acquires its distinctive flavor from its natural oils, especially gingerol (the main bioactive compound in ginger and responsible for much of ginger’s medical properties). Here is a list of the most important benefits of ginger:

• Reduce nausea

 Very effective for nausea and vomiting in people undergoing surgery, chemotherapy-related nausea and pregnancy related nausea ( pregnant woman need to consult her doctor to know the quantities to use in pregnancy).

Recommended amount is 1 to 1.5 grams of ginger daily.
• May prevent cancer

 Ginger may be effective against colorectal cancer (according to studies), in addition to other types of cancers (pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer). These anti-cancer properties are due to its content of gingerol. Recommended amount 2g.
• May help reduce infections

By its ability to inhibit the growth of different types of viruses and bacteria.
• Reducing gas and improving digestion

 Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach which considered the first step in improving digestion, in addition to the fact that enzymes in ginger can help break up and expel gasses that form in the intestinal tract during digestion, leading to relief from any discomfort.
• Relief pain

Ginger content of gingerol play anti-inflammatory and analgesic role, which lead to pain relief.
• May improve heart disease risk factors

In one small study, results were incredibly impressive that daily consumption of 2 gram of ginger powder leads to:

Lower fasting blood sugar by 12 %, Reduce hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) by 10%.

Other studies shown that ginger can:

Protect against high blood pressure, Protect against hyper lipidemia, Prevent from coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and fatty liver disease which gives the ginger its importance as a protective therapy.
• Boost immunity

Ginger has always been used to help recover from cold or the flu especially fresh ginger. Every day consumption may support the immune system according to 2017 cross-sectional study. This may protect against chronic disease and support recovery from other illnesses.
• Improve brain function

Researchers suggest that ginger can help improve brain function in middle-aged women. It can also protect against age-related damage to the brain.

Is there any side effect of ginger?

Ginger is recognized by FDA as a food additive that is “generally recognized as safe”.

Anyway, avoid ginger if you have a history of bleeding and clotting disorders because high doses may increase risk of bleeding especially people on anti-coagulant therapy (warfarin, aspirin..)

Large amount of ginger may affect insulin and lower blood sugar, so be careful of large-dose ginger supplements.

Ginger is a wonderful and delicious addition to your food, with a number of benefits , so take it with bliss and healing.