Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. Ginger is native to warmer parts of Asia, such as China, Japan, and India, but now is grown in parts of South American and Africa.
It is also now grown in the Middle East to use as medicine and with food.
Health benefits of ginger
Ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.
1) Digestive issues
The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.
Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment.
Ginger tea can help relieve nausea and aid cold recovery.
Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.
During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within. As such, in the wake of a cold, ginger tea is particularly useful.
To make ginger tea at home, slice 20-40 g of fresh ginger and steep in a cup of hot water. Adding a slice of lemon or a drop of honey adds flavor and additional benefits, including vitamin C and antibacterial properties.
3) Pain reduction
A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.
Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (severe pain during a menstrual cycle). In one study, 83% of women taking ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47% of those on placebo.
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 has also shown promise in clinical trials for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
5) Ginger acts as a Testosterone Booster
There have been clinical studies that have tested the ability of ginger supplementation to boost production of both testosterone and luteinizing hormone in men suffering with reduced libido…
Over a three month trial involving infertile men, an increase of 17.7% testosterone production and 43.2% luteinizing hormone was shown.
Similar trials revealed increased semen motility (40.7%) and a small increase in actual sperm count (16.2%)
You can read the trial reports here – http://www.iasj.net/iasj?func=fulltext&aId=71548
Ginger has also been tried and tested on many aspects of general health and has been shown to have provide positive effects ( to varying degrees) on the following:
- Gastric Emptying
- Osteoporosis (Slight)
- Inflammation Of Joints ( Mild Effect)
- Bad Cholesterol Levels
- Colon Cancer
- Muscle Pain
- Vertigo – Still under testing (but results look positive)
- Appetite – has shown appetite reducing properties
- Ejaculate Volume
- Sexual Response
- Sperm Count
- Semen Motility.