Ginger has been the basis of ancient medicine. It is one of the basic ingredients of Ayurvedic medicine. It is said to have been originated in Asia. Ginger is known as the “king of spices”.
Some of the health benefits of ginger are as follows:
– One of the culinary uses of ginger is that it helps in digestion and reduces cramps in abdomen.
– Ginger root helps in relaxing the muscles and increases the flow of blood in blood vessels.
– Ginger reduces the level of LDL cholesterol in the body, thereby lowering the risk of heart diseases.
– Whenever you have a feeling of nausea, eat ginger. It relaxes stomach and treats ‘motion sicknesses’. Pop a ginger pill when you feel nausea while traveling.
– Ginger root contains anti-inflammatory properties which treat ulcers and arthritis. Massage ginger oil to the area affected with arthritis. It also helps in curing cold and sore throats because ginger has immunity boosting capabilities.
– Ginger has blood cleansing properties which helps to keep the body organs free of diseases in general.
– Ginger provides relief from headaches and migraines.
– Ginger has chemicals such as gingerols and shogaols which helps the stomach produce digestive juices. It has natural antihistamine properties making it beneficial for treating head colds.
– Cancer patients benefit from ginger because it reduces the growth of cancer cells, especially ovarian cancer and colon cancer.
– Ginger helps pregnant women to deal with morning sickness. The effect is similar to Vitamin B6.
– If you have heartburn, then drink ginger tea.
– Ginger reduces kidney damage, also known as diabetic nephropathy.
– Ginger has the potential to increase the effects of antibiotics. It has also been found to eat parasites!
Chinese and Indians use ginger root to a great extent. It can be used in the form of capsules, dried root, extracts, tinctures and oil.