Updated: Sep 23
For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended ginger to help prevent and cure several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate. Here is a list of some of the excellent benefits of ginger:
The Benefits of Ginger
Blood circulation: ginger can warm the body, improve blood flow, prevent chills, reduce fever and decrease excessive sweat. It is also a natural blood thinner that inhibits fatty deposits from the arteries and reduces stroke risk.
Nausea and motion sickness: Ginger is well-known to be effective for upset stomach and nausea resulting from chemotherapy, motion sickness, pregnancy, and surgery.
Digestion problems: ginger can stimulate gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion, which helps digestion, improves the absorption of essential nutrients, reduce inflammation, and relieve stomach pain.
Cold and flu: using ginger for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds, flu, and sore throats around Asia.
Joint Pain and Inflammation: ginger is a powerful natural painkiller because it contains anti-inflammatory fighting substances.
Respiratory issues: ginger helps with dry or chronic cough, congestion, bronchitis, and asthma. Ginger aids in breaking down and removing mucus, loosening up phlegm, expanding the lungs, and recovering quickly from difficulty in breathing.
Allergy: Ginger acts as an antihistamine and helps deal with allergies issues such as sinusitis, asthma, and hives.
Infections: ginger helps improve the immune system and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antifungal properties, so it helps decrease infections in the gastro-intestine and lungs.
Weight loss: ginger works as a natural appetite suppressant to reduce food consumption and helps to lose weight. Ginger is nearly calorie-free and a thermogenic food. It raises the body temperature, boosts metabolism, and burns more calories than a simple diet alone.
Fight cancer: some studies found that ginger helps skin, ovarian, colon, and breast cancer. It may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells and induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells.
Blend a small piece of fresh ginger (with the skin), a quarter of an inch, and half a lemon with 1 cup of water each time, drink 2 or 3 times a day. Blanch the ginger root in boiling water for a few seconds to sterilize it before using it.