9 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain—here are 9 of them!


1 Ginger can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness

Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea. For example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication.

Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.

According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea. However, ginger had no effect on vomiting episodes in this study.

Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.

TL;DR
Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, post-surgery nausea, and morning sickness.

2 Ginger may reduce muscle pain and soreness

In one study, consuming 2 grams of ginger per day, for 11 days, significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.

Though ginger does not have an immediate impact on muscle pain, it may be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain. These effects are believed to be mediated by the anti-inflammatory properties.

TL;DR
Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.

3 Ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects can help with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem. It involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness.

In a controlled trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication. Another study found that a combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon and sesame oil, can reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients when applied topically.

TL;DR
There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.

4 Ginger can help treat chronic indigestion

Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) is characterized by recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion.

Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition. After eating soup, ginger reduced the time it took for the stomach to empty from 16 to 12 minutes.

TL;DR
Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

5 Ginger powder may significantly reduce menstrual pain

In one study, 150 women were instructed to take 1 gram of ginger powder per day, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period. Ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.

TL;DR
Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.

6 Ginger may lower cholesterol levels

High levels of LDL lipoproteins (the bad cholesterol) are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

In a 45-day study of 85 individuals with high cholesterol, 3 grams of ginger powder caused significant reductions in most cholesterol markers. This is supported by a study in hypothyroid rats, where ginger extract lowered LDL cholesterol to a similar extent as the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin.

Both studies also showed reductions in total cholesterol and blood triglycerides.

TL;DR
There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.

7 Ginger contains a substance that may help prevent cancer

Ginger extract has been studied as an alternative treatment for several forms of cancer. The anti-cancer properties are attributed to 6-gingerol, a substance that is found in large amounts in raw ginger.

In a study of 30 individuals, 2 grams of ginger extract per day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signalling molecules in the colon. However, a follow-up study in individuals at a high risk of colon cancer did not confirm these findings.

There is some, albeit limited, evidence that ginger may be effective against pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. More research is needed, but initial findings are promising.

TL;DR
Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer. However, this needs to be studied a lot more.

8 Ginger may improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process. They are believed to be among the key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

Some studies in animals suggest that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain. There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory.

There are also numerous studies in animals showing that ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function.

TL;DR
Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women.

9 The active ingredient in ginger can help fight infections

Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.

It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

TL;DR
Ginger may fight harmful bacteria, as well as the RSV virus, which could reduce your risk of infections.
759 Comments
  • allidi bogan
    Posted at 11:57h, 30 June

    Think I will try it. Thanks

  • Syreeta Wren
    Posted at 18:47h, 29 June

    Good information! Thanks.

  • Joe Hardin
    Posted at 12:57h, 29 June

    I love ginger.

  • Wade Lannon Allen
    Posted at 12:00h, 29 June

    Awsome thanks

  • Valentina Schoessler
    Posted at 00:01h, 29 June

    I do like this information. Thank you.

  • Matt pogue
    Posted at 23:11h, 28 June

    Thank you

  • Brett Little
    Posted at 22:24h, 26 June

    So many useful ideas for ginger!! Definitely putting it on my grocery list from now on.

  • Linda Crane
    Posted at 18:39h, 26 June

    Thank ypu

  • Eric Schmidt
    Posted at 13:58h, 26 June

    Ok

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