Updated: Oct 14, 2021
For centuries, ginger has been considered one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that nature has to offer.
Here below we have listed some of the health benefits that ginger is known for.
Ginger is among those foods that are very high in natural digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes play an important role in the process of digestion, as they are responsible for breaking down the macronutrients into smaller molecules so that the body can absorb them more easily.
When the body can’t produce enough digestive enzymes, eating food that is high in natural digestive enzymes is very important to avoid food intolerances or any other disorder.
Studies indicate that ginger not only can boost the production of digestive enzymes, and help food move faster through the stomach, it can also help your body digest proteins more easily because its main component is a protease enzyme called Zingibain(1)
Furthemore, thanks to the work done by the digestive enzymes, ginger can also help alleviate IBS symptoms such as bloating, gas and constipation.
Reduces nausea and sickness
For centuries, ginger roots have been used as a natural nausea remedy for symptoms such as nausea after eating, nausea in pregnancy, or even as a nausea relief for chemo patients
Studies have shown that the main compounds of ginger, known as the gingerol and the shogaol, have the ability to relax the gastrointestinal muscles. By doing so, the stomach can empty itself more easily and reduce nausea(2) and bloating.
Boosts the immune system
The presence of the gingerol in the ginger makes it a great immune booster. Furthermore, thanks to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds your body is protected from infections and free radicals(3).
Supports weight loss and detox
Research indicates that the biological activities stimulated in your body by the active compounds of ginger, the gingerol and shogaols, promote weight loss.
Not only do they reduce inflammation and improve digestion, they also accelerate your metabolism and suppress appetite (4).
A study about how effective antioxidants are in obesity and diabetes indicates that people that are overweight are subject to oxidative stress and inflammation caused by free radicals in the body.
Adding ginger and other ingredients rich in antioxidants to your healthy diet, will help you reduce the damages caused by these free radicals and reduce inflammation(5).
Relieves joint and muscle pain and soreness
A study about the efficacy and safety of ginger in osteoarthritis patients (6) found that patients who suffered from this condition and took ginger as a pain relief had a 30% decrease in pain and reduction in disability compared with placebo.
Research suggests that the active compounds in ginger may function as a pain reliever as a common arthritis medications would (7)
Supports reproductive health and libido and improves heart health
Studies suggest that ginger naturally improves blood flow, increases circulation and enhances testosterone production. This property not only promotes a healthier heart and veins, it also stimulates the male and female reproductive organs, boosting libido and sex drive(8).
Aids Oral health
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, ginger root can help you prevent gum disease by reducing the acids formed by bacteria.
Furthermore, because of its anti-inflammatory effects , it is commonly used as a pain relief against toothache (9)
Al-Nahain A, Jahan R, Rahmatullah M. Zingiber officinale: A Potential Plant against Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis. 2014;2014:159089. doi:10.1155/2014/159089
Duke, J.D. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices. 2002, Taylor & Francis
Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, 2011, Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
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