Ginger is amongst some of healthiest spices on the planet.
This powerful root is packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Here are some proven health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research.
Ginger has been highly effective in against stomach aches.
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
It also has been used as a form of prescription medication towards sea sickness. see link
This is a new area of research, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties.
In a study done in 2015 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12% (see link).
It also dramatically improved HbA1c (which is a marker for long-term blood sugar levels), leading to a 10% reduction over a period of 12 weeks.
There was also a 28% reduction in the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio, and a 23% reduction in markers for oxidized lipoproteins. These are both major risk factors for heart disease.
Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) is defined and characterized as recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach after consuming food.
It is believed that the delay of emptying of the stomach is a major cause of indigestion.
Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in individuals with annoying condition.
After eating soup, ginger reduced the time it took for the stomach to empty from 16 to 12 minutes (see link).
In a study of 24 healthy individuals, 1.2 grams of ginger powder before a meal accelerated emptying of the stomach by 50% (see link). How amazing is that!?
Menstrual pain goes by the scientific term (dysmenorrhea) refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
One of the oldest uses of ginger is for pain relief, including 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 (see link).
Ginger has managed to reduce pain just as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.
Here are a few ways we eat ginger.
In hot tea – We drink literally gallons of hot ginger tea in the fall and winter. We just cut up a hunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it. A little honey, a little lemon, and it’s the perfect winter tonic. You can add bourbon, too and call it cough syrup for grownups.
Soup! – Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy winter soups. Try this Indian-spiced carrot soup with ginger or this sweet potato soup with miso and ginger.
With fish – We really like spicy ginger with tender, flaky fish. Try this recipe for Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia; full of flavor, and it only takes a few minutes to bake.
In stir-fries – Almost every stir-fry could use a little grated or even minced ginger to spice things up.
In sweet things – It’s baking time, and there are lots of sweet things that are great with fresh ginger. Try steeping milk with ginger for these caramels. Or try ginger hand pies or pumpkin pie with fresh ginger.