Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
It may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.Many herbs and spices are great for calming upset stomachs, and ginger is no exception. It’s the logic behind giving someone who’s seasick some ginger ale. Grate some ginger steep in boiling water for a few minutes and enjoy with a spoonful of raw honey to subdue a bellyache.
2. Ginger is a Powerful Cancer Fighter
Ginger root contains a very high level of antioxidants. It has the ability to induce cell death (apoptosis) and suppress the production of certainproteins.Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer.
Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, suggests research presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, a major meeting of cancer experts that took place in Phoenix, AZ, October 26-30, 2003.
In this study, researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute fed mice specially bred to lack an immune system a half milligram of (6)-gingerol three times a week before and after injecting human colorectal cancer cells into their flanks. Control mice received no (6)-gingerol.
Tumors first appeared 15 days after the mice were injected, but only 4 tumors were found in the group of -gingerol-treated mice compared to 13 in the control mice, plus the tumors in the -gingerol group were smaller on average. Even by day 38, one mouse in the (6)-gingerol group still had no measurable tumors. By day 49, all the control mice had been euthanized since their tumors had grown to one cubic centimeter (0.06 cubic inch), while tumors in 12 of the (6)-gingerol treated mice still averaged 0.5 cubic centimeter—half the maximum tumor size allowed before euthanization.
Research associate professor Ann Bode noted, “These results strongly suggest that ginger compounds may be effective chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal carcinomas.”
In this first round of experiments, mice were fed ginger before and after tumor cells were injected. In the next round, researchers will feed the mice ginger only after their tumors have grown to a certain size. This will enable them to look at the question of whether a patient could eat ginger to slow the metastasis of a nonoperable tumor. Are they optimistic? The actions of the University of Minnesota strongly suggest they are. The University has already applied for a patent on the use of (6)-gingerol as an anti-cancer agent and has licensed the technology to Pediatric Pharmaceuticals (Iselin, N.J.).
Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research journal found that a ginger root supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within a month. Researchers on the study explained that by decreasing inflammation, the risk of colon cancer is also likely to decrease.
Ginger contains a very potent anti-inflammatory compound called gingerol, which is the substance responsible for alleviating joint and muscle pain.
Many other scientific studies support the effectiveness of ginger for its pro-analgesic effect on the joints, particularly in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients suffering from osteoarthritis have also reported reduced pain and improved mobility by consuming ginger on a regular basis.
4. Respiratory Problems
If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.
5. Can help reduce menstrual pain
One of the traditional uses of ginger is for pain relief, including menstrual pain.Ginger, when eaten at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women.
A research study in Iran divided 70 female students into two groups. One group was administered ginger capsules and the other was given a placebo – each for the first three days of their menstrual cycles. The researchers found that 82.85% of the women taking ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms, compared to 47.05% of those on placebo.
Many cultures also pour fresh ginger juice on their skin to treat burns, and topical
application of ginger oil has been found to be very effective in treating joint and back
6. Lowers blood sugar and increases insulin release
Ginger can lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran.
Another clinical trial concluded that diabetic patients, that consumed three grams of dry ginger for 30 days, had a significant reduction in blood glucose, triglyceride, and in total and LDL cholesterol levels.
Overall, ginger works on diabetes by increasing insulin release and sensitivity, inhibiting enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism, and improving lipid profiles. Ginger also has a very low glycemic index (GI), which means it breaks down slowly to form glucose, and therefore does not trigger a spike in blood sugar levels like high GI foods do.
Several other studies have also established ginger to have a preventive effect against diabetes complications. Ginger can protect a diabetic’s liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, and reduce the risk of cataracts – a common side-effect of the disease.
Howard says that if you have type 2 diabetes and your blood sugar still isn’t where you want it to be, despite following your doctor’s advice, it’s worth trying ginger to see if it helps normalize your levels. “Ginger can increase the effects of blood thinners, so if you’re taking these drugs, don’t take ginger,” advises Howard. Make sure to tell your doctor that you’re adding ginger to your regimen, and monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
7. Treating Heartburn/Acid Reflux with Ginger
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids flow in the wrong direction and rise back up toward your esophagus, causing a burning sensation along their way. Ginger is one of the most effective natural treatments for heartburn. Whether powdered, pickled, or fresh, it relieves the pain and discomfort of heartburn fast. Let’s take a look at the medicinal properties that make it such an effective remedy for acid reflux.
Ginger regulates the flow of juices in the digestive system to ensure proper absorption of food.t plays an important role in pushing the food through bowels fast and thus prevents the unwanted formation of gas in the stomach.Ginger absorbs excess stomach acid and aids in proper digestion.It has certain phenols which help to relax stomach muscles and thus reduces the over activity of the stomach.It speeds the digestive process to prevent the buildup of gas.Ginger tightens the lower esophageal sphincter to prevent the back-flow of stomach acid.
8.Ginger May Lower Cholesterol Levels
Israeli researchers have found that ginger extract can have dramatic effects of cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).Ginger activates an enzyme that increases your body’s use of cholesterol and lowers it.
9. Strengthens Immunity
Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.
10.Ginger May Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Increase memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and protect against multiple sclerosis with ginger.Ginger is an outstanding ally in the quest for enhanced memory and clarity. Moreover, it plays a substantial role in guarding against brain oxidative stress and neurological disease.Ginger root helped minimize monosodium glutamate (MSG) neurotoxicity.There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory .