Sure it goes in your tea but do you know how ginger helps your body?
The most common spice in most Indian dishes, ginger is also revered in Ayurveda for its wide range of qualities. Used to treat simple problems like nausea and inflammation, ginger is also used as a protective measure against major diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Its best-known quality, of course, is its ability to cure cold and common flu.
However, one should not intake more than four grams of ginger a day, as this can cause side effects such as belching, gas, heartburn, or an upset stomach. Pregnant women should also consult their doctors before consuming ginger.
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Here are some of the health benefits of ginger:
Ginger helps your skin stay firm
Ginger has several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which slow down the aging of the skin. The antioxidant compounds stimulate blood circulation to the skin, supplying it with nutrients and removing toxins. These properties also prevent sun damage and damage from free radicals. All of this doesn’t just improve your skin’s appearance it also improves its elasticity helping it stay firm.
Ginger helps reduce the pain of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that is a result of mechanical wear and tear of the joints. Drinking a small amount of ginger extract is shown to have reduced osteoarthritis pain. Similarly, applying a mixture of sesame oil, cinnamon, mastic, and ginger the affected areas also helps reduce pain and stiffness of the joints.
Ginger aids digestion
This is perhaps the most well-known benefit of ginger. It is extremely beneficial for chronic indigestion. Ginger tends to speed up the emptying of the stomach by almost 50 per cent. It also helps with the pain in the stomach that’s caused by indigestion.
Ginger can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
One of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease is oxidative stress. Naturally, antioxidants can help prevent the disease. As it happens ginger is packed with antioxidant and bioactive compounds and studies have proven that ginger can help enhance brain function, improve reaction time, and working memory. All of this can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Another cause for the disease is chronic inflammation. Since ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, it can prevent inflammatory responses in the brain.
Ginger can help reduce muscle pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are also useful to reduce the soreness you experience after a workout. Different studies have shown that having just a couple of grams of ginger every day can help your muscles recover after a workout.
Ginger is great cure for nausea
This is yet another common medicinal use of ginger. Whether its sea- or road-sickness, post-surgery or chemotherapy nausea, ginger is usually the go to ingredient. It is also helpful in relieving the morning sickness nausea in pregnant women. However, it is also believed that ginger should be consumed sparingly during pregnancy and, as with everything else, it’s best to consult a physician before trying out anything new during pregnancy.