Ginger is a tropical planet with fragrant flowers which originated in China and spread to Spain around the sixteenth century. Today ginger is widely grown in India, South Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal. The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
Beyond its notable taste, the spice possesses a wealth of positive attributes. This versatile herb has been used for at least 5,000 years as a treatment for many common ailments in Indian and Chinese medicine. Sliced or grated ginger is boiled in water as a soup to help fend off early signs of a cold. And it’s often the last way out for those who suffer motion sickness when pills won’t work. (A freshly cut ginger slice is either placed in the mouth or on the belly button with a Band-Aid.)
The benefits of ginger didn’t disappear though decades and modern science reveals the powerful benefits of this exotic spice:
1. It’s anti-inflammatory.
Ginger contains gingerols, which is a natural inflammation-fighting substance. Such benefits are essential for the digestion, as inflammation process is a cause of many chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
Thanks to being a rich source of antioxidants this spice is able to fight oxidative stress, which gives ginger power to control the process of aging.
3. Reduces muscles pain.
According to one study, consuming ginger right before cycling workout reduced quadriceps muscle pain, probably again thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Boosts weight loss.
Ginger is proven to reduce the feeling of hunger, prevents metabolic disorders which might lead to extra weight.
5. Treats anemia.
Such bioactive components found in the this vegetable as shogaols and gingerols stimulate the production of blood cells which eliminate the symptoms of anemia.
6. Helps to deal with diabetes.
One study discovered that ginger could improve fasting blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients. According to another research, the combination of honey and ginger reduces oxidative stress and all the complications of diabetes.
7. Helps preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Medical benefits of ginger have been used since ancient times in various age-related sicknesses, including brain aging and neuro-degeneration. One of the recent studies proved that ginger’s properties help to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Ginger can ease osteoarthritis’s symptoms.
Traditional Indonesian medicine prescribes the spice to patients suffering from osteoarthritis, in order to ease the pain. Modern science revealed that simple compresses and patches can ease the symptoms for people suffering from chronic osteoarthritis.
9. Prevents liver diseases.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the common liver diseases which can be prevented by regular consumption of the herb. Gingerols – an active component of the spice is able to improve insulin resistance which is affected by the disease.