7 Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a wonderful herb superfood full of health benefits. Spicy aromatic ginger adds a unique flavour to meals and beverages.  The many wonderful health benefits of ginger also cause the cells of my body to glow with gratitude.

Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine have used ginger to help cure and prevent health problems for thousands of years. In the west, we are just learning how valuable it is.

“Many studies in cell culture have shown that ginger is an anti-inflammatory,” says researcher Suzanna M. Zick, ND, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

7 Health Benefit of Ginger

1. Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Scientists put a solution of ginger powder and water on ovarian cancer cells. In all of tests, they found that the cancer cells died from the contact with the ginger solution (the cells committed suicide or they digested themselves).

2. Colon Cancer

In one study they found that colon cancer was suppressed. The University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Ginger has been found to have many nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Ginger has been found to have many nutritional and medicinal benefits.

3. Morning Sickness and Motion Sickness

Studies in humans have shown that ginger reduces nausea so very helpful for morning sickness. Also, studies at the University of Maryland show that ginger reduces motion sickness. It has been my experience to work very well. I have been very seasick to the point that I was never going to go on a ship again. Then a company I was working for gave me a free 12-day cruise. I went on the cruise and thanks to ginger and fennel I did not get seasick.

4. Migraine Relief

Ginger is known to be helpful in relaxing blood vessels in the head. A study found ginger powder was as effective as Sumatriptan medication in decreasing migraines.

5. Cold and Flu Prevention & Treatment

Chinese herbalists for thousands of years have used ginger as an antihistamine and decongestant which are two main effects of a cold. The University of Maryland Medical Center says ginger is helpful in treating cold and flu symptoms. It is very helpful to Help Boost Your Immune System

6. Prevention of Diabetic Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)

In a study, it was found that ginger extract may be effective for the control of diabetes and be protective for diabetic kidney disease.

7. Reduces Pain and Inflammation

A study published in the National Library of Medicine compared ginger extract to common painkillers and found ginger to be very effective in reducing pain.

“Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property,” says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City.

Ginger is one of the Natural anti-inflammatory foods ingredients to add to your diet along with foods such as beets, onions, and flaxseed oil.

Add some ginger into your life!

• Ginger tea made with fresh ginger is delicious, chop up a teaspoon or two or three, and add raw honey.
• Add some ginger to soups and stews.
• Making fresh juice: add some ginger to your juicer.

My Favorite Recipes With Ginger

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Cranberry Ginger Bars

 Creamy Spicy Vegan Chai – this tasty tea is full of ginger and other healing spices.

 Peanut Butter Sauce with Ginger – this is for sure very yummy. It is a favourite sauce for my vegetables and grains.

 Cranberry Ginger Bars – I have always enjoyed date squares but they are a little too sweet so these cranberry ginger bars are just right. These are also gluten-free.

Gingerbread Cake is Gluten-free and Delicious – This gingerbread cake is wheat-free, vegan and simply delicious! The heat of the ginger balances off the sweeter elements so it doesn’t feel heavy.

 Leeks and Carrots with Ginger and Garlic is So Delicious – Leeks and carrots are for sure favourite vegetables in my kitchen. Pairing them with yummy ginger and garlic makes a very refreshing delicious addition to a dinner meal. Also, all these ingredients are very nutritious for you too. In fact, almost all of the ingredients are superfoods.

Indian Pudding Is Traditional, Vegan and So Yummy – This traditional Indian pudding is an old favourite of mine that I make vegan. It has lots of ginger and molasses in it. Indian pudding is not the most beautiful of desserts but it is for sure tasty. Some people like to call it Native Indian but it seems like Indian pudding is the name for it still all over the internet.

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  • If drinking ginger tea after a meal works better for you then feel free to stick with that.

    The intention behind drinking it before is to allow the volatile oils to calm the digestive tract before digesting food can irritate it but different timings will work better for different people so I’d suggest trying different times and noticing when you get the best results.