Since the ancient times, people have been using ginger for medicinal purposes. Ginger contains many phenolic compounds such as gingerol, shogaol and paradol, all of which exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research from the last few decades has provided us with strong evidence showing positive and numerous health benefits. The use of ginger, in particular its compound gingerol, appears to contribute to treating and preventing chronic diseases. We’ve listed a few proven benefits of ginger below.
- Ginger can treat nausea and especially morning sickness
Ginger appears to notably decrease nausea symptoms. It helps with sea sickness and it can also help relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery or patients undergoing chemotherapy. Where the research shows to be most effective however, is with morning sickness during pregnancy. However, we recommend checking with your doctor first before consuming large amounts of ginger if you are pregnant.
- Ginger can be anti – inflammatory
A few studies have shown that ginger can help with joint inflammation, and it can even help people suffering from osteoarthritis at reducing their symptoms.
- Ginger may help lower total cholesterol and triglycerides
There is evidence showing in both animals and humans that ginger can help lower LDL cholesterol (also known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol) and reduce triglyceride levels. Some studies have also shown that ginger can increase HDL cholesterol, also known as the ‘good’ cholesterol.
- Ginger can help improve memory and cognition in elderly
An increase in working memory and improved reaction time has been noted in elderly women when consuming ginger. There are also studies suggesting ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function.
- Ginger can help with indigestion
Ginger has been shown to speed up gastric emptying, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
- Ginger can help fight infections
Gingerol, a bioactive substance in fresh ginger has many anti-inflammatory characteristics and can help lower risks of infections. Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. It can be effective against RSV virus, as well as gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontitis (gum inflammation).