Ginger Benefits and Side Effects

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Want to know more about Ginger? Want to know how you are going to benefit from taking ginger? Then you have come to the perfect place, we mean the perfect article. We are going to discuss all the benefits and side effects that you can get from ginger. So buckle up your seat belts and let’s get right into this article.

What is Ginger?

Ginger is a plant with yellowish green flowers and leafy stems. Ginger is known to be native to warmer parts of Asia. The places are as China, Japan, and India, but now is grown in parts of South American and Africa too.  It is also now known to be grown in the Middle East to use as medicine and with food.

Benefits

There are several benefits that you can get from ginger. We have listed some of them. Have a good look at them. We suggest that you take some time out to read this article because it might take you some time.

1. Have powerful medicinal properties

Ginger has very powerful medicinal properties. They have been used in medicine for a long period of time. Ginger has been used in medicine to fight indigestion and also against the flu. It is also used in medicine to reduce nausea.

These are just a  few of its purpose. Gingerol in ginger is the main bioactive compound in ginger. This is from where the medicinal properties of ginger come. Gingerol has powerful antioxidant and anti inflammation properties.

2. Can help treat nausea and even morning sickness

Ginger is effective against nausea. It can be useful to treat nausea in people who have undergone some type of surgery. Chemotherapy related nausea is known to be subsided by ginger. It is also known to be useful in pregnant women who are facing morning sickness.

Ginger is considered to be safe but we still suggest that you talk to your doctor before taking it. This is especially meant for pregnant women who are prone to miscarriage. Also it should not be taken very close and prior to the delivery date.

3. May help you lose weight

This can be known to many of you already since we are always looking for ways to decrease our weight. Ginger consumption is said to have been proven effective in reducing the weight of obese people.

They are also known to reduce the insulin level in the blood which is also associated with weight increase and obesity. A study conducted in 2019 also proved that it is very much useful in reducing the weight of an individual. However, more studies are needed to prove this point further and then drive it home.

4. Can help with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem that is faced by a lot of people. They are known to be useful for curing osteoarthritis to some extent. The joint pain that is commonly associated with osteoarthritis is something that can be soothed from the intake of ginger.

One side effect that people can face is dissatisfaction with the taste of ginger along with some stomach problems. Other than that it is all good and you do not have to worry about anything. Another study found out that a mixture of sesame oil, ginger, mastic, and cinnamon can help in osteoarthritis a lot. This mixture has been proved to work on a lot of test subjects.

5. Can lower your blood sugar and improve the heart disease factor

Ginger is known to have anti diabetic properties. It is a new field of research but they have shown some promising results. It can be helpful in lowering the blood sugar level in the individual and help to stabilize it. This is useful to many people suffering from diabetes.

A high number of people who are suffering from heart problems are also said to be benefitted by the intake of ginger on a regular basis. This was proved in a small study. We need to have even bigger studies to support the claims of this study.

6. Can help with chronic indigestion

Chronic indigestion is something that a lot of people seem to suffer from. This is characterized by pain in the upper abdomen. Delayed emptying of the stomach can be a cause of this.

Ginger can be useful at speeding up the process of emptying of the stomach. Several studies show that people empty their stomachs soon after eating ginger. This can be really helpful for people suffering from chronic indigestion.

7. May help reduce the menstrual pain

This can come in handy for you ladies. Many women have stated that taking ginger can actually help in reducing menstrual pain during mensuration. It is something that is probably not known to a lot of women and they mostly go for over-the-counter medicine but it is a natural remedy to the problem.

It works for a lot of women but it also has been not fruitful for some others. You will never know if you do not try. Who knows, it might just work for you. It is more important to conduct new studies regarding this.

8. May help you lower the cholesterol level

We all know that cholesterol is not good for our heart. An increased level of cholesterol in our body can be the cause of some fatal heart disease. Ginger is known to help reduce the cholesterol level in our body.

A higher dosage of ginger might be helpful. Several studies show that it is successful in bringing down the cholesterol level in the individual. However, still more studies need to be conducted.

9. May prevent cancer

Ginger has been studied as something that can be useful in the prevention of cancer. Several studies are still being conducted in this day too but they have shown some very good results.

Gingerol is once again responsible for having a huge amount of anti-cancer properties. Gingerol is found in large quantities in raw ginger. Ginger can be helped to prevent several types of cancer including colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

It is not certain but we can say that ginger is useful against breast and ovarian cancer too. Not ample evidence is available to support this point of view.

10. Can improve brain function

When one age, they lose brain function and the brain starts to shrink. This is known to be the reason behind Alzheimer disease and dementia in old people. Ginger is known for its anti Oxidants and anti-inflammation properties.

Some people have said that ginger is useful to reduce inflammation in the brain. This anti-inflammation property of ginger comes in real handy for people who are developing in age.

A daily dosage of ginger can be useful in increasing the reaction time of old people. Age relative decline of the brain function is also stopped by the intake of ginger.

11. Can help fight infections

This might be known to you too since I have literally heard this from my grandmother for a long period of time. You might have too. Ginger is known to inhibit the growth of many kinds of bacteria.

It can also lower the risk of infections in the body. It is also very useful against oral bacteria. Fresh ginger is said to be a lot more effective so do try it.

Side effects

When taken by mouth ginger should be taken in moderation. Ginger can have side effects like heartburn, burping, and diarrhea. It is also said that many women have had more menstruation after taking in ginger.

Some people are also known to apply ginger to the skin. This can cause mild irritation to the person using it but not to everyone.

Special Warnings

Pregnancy – During pregnancy, it is said that ginger is safe. But you have to know that there has been some news that ginger during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or a stillborn. However, this is not proven by anyone. It can however cause bleeding so we suggest that you do not take it before your delivery date.

Breastfeeding – You should not take any ginger during this period because there is no proof to what might happen.

Bleeding disorder and surgery – It is advised not to take ginger during such times because it can prevent blood clotting.

Conclusion

We hope that this article here has been useful for you. Thank you so much for giving this article a read. Ginger is very useful for us and our body. We should all try to Incorporate ginger into our diet somehow.

As we have already concluded in the article, ginger has many good effects and can help our body and health a lot. Just do not over do it and consume a lot of ginger. A lot if anything isn’t good. Thank you so much for everything. Have a great day.

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