Ginger is inseparable from mostly Asian cuisine but did you know that this herb is also useful in traditional medicine? Ginger has a very long history as a healing herb. The herb is commonly used to treat digestive disorders.
Root is part of ginger that is usually used for the treatment. Ginger’s root or rhizome is usually dried as condiment or consumed in juice form.
Relieving digestive disorders
Ginger contains phenolic compound that can overcome internal irritation of the digestive tract. This compound is able to stimulate bile and saliva that facilitate the delivery of food to the digestive tract. A study revealed that consumption of ground ginger before meals (1.2 grams) is able to minimize the risk of digestive disorders.
Ginger tea is a common remedy for nausea, especially during cancer therapy. Approximately a total of 12 studies found that consumption of ginger tea can reduce nausea in pregnant women significantly.
A study by researchers from the University of Georgia reported that ginger supplements can reduce muscle pain by up to 25%. Ginger is also very effective in reducing menstrual pain.
Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the joints that causes joint pain and joint stiffness. A study carried out tests on 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee and it turned out that they who had been taking ginger extract required minimal pain medications.
Minimizing the risk of heart disease
A recent study found that 2 grams of powdered ginger every day for 2 weeks can lower blood sugar levels as much as 10%.
Lower cholesterol levels
A 45-day study involving 85 people with excess cholesterol found that 3 grams of powdered ginger every day can lower bad cholesterol significantly, thus minimizing the risk of heart disease.
Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol which is considered as an anti-cancer agent.
Improving brain function
Acute oxidative stress and inflammation are the two drivers of the process of aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. Several studies have found that antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can block inflammatory responses in the brain.