Apart from antioxidants, ginger contains different nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins B6 and B3, folate, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, and phosphorus.
Unique health benefits of ginger
To alleviate pain
Due to its gingerol content, ginger is potent against pain and inflammation. Gingerols can help shut down pain compounds in the body thereby reducing inflammation.
To aid in weight loss
Studies have shown that obesity can result in inflammation. Ginger contains antioxidants that can help limit the progression of these free radicals thereby countering inflammation.
Can reduce blood sugar and regulate blood pressure
Ginger can help regulate blood sugar in different ways. The herb does this by acting as a natural ACE inhibitor and calcium channel blocker.
Can ease nausea
One way ginger helps is by speeding up gastrointestinal mobility, thereby decreasing the chances of food languishing in the stomach to produce bloating, indigestion, nausea, and stomach upset.
To treat chronic indigestion
Delayed stomach emptying is a key cause of indigestion, and ginger can help with this. Consuming ginger can stimulate stomach emptying, hence eliminating indigestion.
To prevent cancer
It has been researched for years as an alternative treatment for cancer due to its gingerol. This can be found in high amounts of raw ginger.
Can ease menstrual pain
One of the traditional uses of this spice is to ease menstrual pain. One research concluded that ginger is as effective as painkillers like ibuprofen and mefenamic acid in reducing menstrual pain.
To reduce the risk of infections
Ginger can help decrease the risk of infections. It can help impede the development of bacteria, thereby aiding the elimination of infections.
Can help eliminate unhealthy cholesterol levels
One major cause of heart disease is unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol, i.e., LDL (low-density lipoproteins). Ginger has been shown to be successful in lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
Can boost brain function
The bioactive compounds present in ginger can help restrict inflammatory responses in the brain. This can actively help to boost brain functions and prevent cognitive decline.
The health benefits of ginger include enhanced memory and learning skills, prevention of infections, alleviation of menstrual pain, elimination of LDL cholesterol, and alleviation of inflammation and pain.