The health benefits of ginger

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There are some foods that have that superfood status because they offer a wealth of different health benefits, and ginger is one of them. Ginger is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices available around the world. It is filled with bioactive compounds and nutrients that have powerful benefits to your brain and body. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the main benefits that are associated with adding ginger to your diet. This post is a collaboration, for which for which I received a small payment.

Ginger may lower cholesterol levels

The first benefit associated with ginger is that it may be able to reduce cholesterol levels. This is important because bad cholesterol, i.e. LDL lipoproteins, are linked to a heightened risk of heart disease when high levels are present in the body.

In one study, a considerable reduction in the majority of cholesterol markers was noted amongst 85 individuals that had 3g of ginger powder as part of a 45-day study. All of those involved in the study had high cholesterol and then reductions were noted.

Fresh ginger and two lemons

Ginger can help lower muscle pain and soreness

Ginger is also beneficial from a health point-of-view because it can help with muscle pain that has been caused because of exercise. In one study, it was revealed that people performing elbow exercises experienced considerably reduced muscle pain after having 2g of ginger every day for 11 days.

It should be noted that the impact is not immediate, yet it can be beneficial in terms of lowering the daily progression of pain in the muscles. This is definitely something to think about and consider if you want to start building more exercise into your day.

Ginger can help with acid reflux

Are you someone like me who suffers from acid reflux or heartburn quite regularly? If so, adding ginger to your diet can make a big difference. This is because of the natural anti-inflammatory properties that are found in ginger. It is considered a natural treatment for a wide range of gastrointestrinal issues.

Of course, you do have the likes of Zanzole for instant relief. However, to reduce your chances of experiencing heartburn, adding more ginger to your diet is a good idea. Try adding ginger powder to curries and stews, throw some fresh ginger in to stir fries, or try some ginger chewable or hard boiled sweets – they’re weirdly addictive.

Ginger can help with nausea

Last but not least, ginger has health benefits in that it can also help when it comes to treating all types of nausea, including morning sickness. We have seen an extensive use of ginger being included in sea sickness remedies, and there is also some evidence that it could be just as effective as some medication is.

Ginger can also help with any vomiting or nausea that is experienced after surgery. However, it may be most successful when it comes to assisting with morning sickness and nausea related to pregnancy.

As you can see, there are a number of health benefits that are associated with adding ginger to your diet. The great thing about ginger is that is incredibly versatile. It can be used in anything from curries to desserts, and so you are bound to find fun and exciting ways to add some more of this spice into your diet.

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3 thoughts on “The health benefits of ginger

  1. Laura McKee says:

    I love ginger, it even accompanied me on my wedding day as I was 13 weeks pregnant and had such morning sickness. Now I get nausea from my pain levels and condition itself so I always have some ginger in. I keep mine in the freezer so it’s always fresh. It’s also easier to peel with a spoon than a peeler or knife. I use ginger essential oil too, which is great in a bath with Himalayan salt for muscle soreness, it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing it’s health benefits.

  2. Invisibly Me says:

    I never use ginger but now I’m thinking I might need to add it to my shopping list! I love products like this that are natural and so multi-purpose. I’m tempted to look into it for my dad too to help with his cholesterol and high blood pressure; I’m trying anything & everything at the moment! I remember an online friend telling me she uses ginger for nausea actually, though I’m not sure in what format. It’s definitely an interesting one and definitely something worth considering. xx

    • Alice says:

      Thanks for your views Caz. It’s so easy to add in to the diet, and it helps that it comes in different forms – root, powder, stem, sweets, jarred. It’s definitely worth giving it a go, and you (and maybe your dad) will have some tasty food in the meantime too πŸ™‚ xx

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