Amazing health benefits of Ginger
Ginger is commonly found in Asia, Africa and some tropical parts of America. The scientific name of Ginger is Zingiber officinale. It has many colored varieties which include yellow, red and white. There are also variations in shape of its roots and its height.
Ginger first originated from Southern Asia especially India. It has been extensively used as a spice to add flavor to food and beverages. It so also used as an ingredient in cosmetics and fragrances. Its uses differ from country to country but it has been used for centuries as home remedy and traditional herbal medicine to various health related problems.
There are many amazing health benefits of ginger. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties because it contains chemical components. Due to its extensive medicinal values, modern research are being conducted on ginger to unleash its real potential in treating countless diseases and also its possible side effects are being monitored.
According to research conducted at the University of Georgia, if we take daily intake of raw or fresh ginger root, it can reduce muscular pain which is caused by intense physical activities. Ginger can also reduce Osteoarthritis pain and joint pain. It can relieve pain in females who are suffering from dysmenorrhea; which is disorder of menstrual cycle. In another research done in China, the group of people who used herbal drug containing ginger, shown lower pain score, which supported the effectiveness of ginger in reducing pain.
Ginger also has anti-cancer properties. Latest research found that the functional components of ginger like shogaol, paradols and gingerols can prevent various types of cancer and its extract has chemopreventive properties. Its bioactive molecules are very effective in preventing the effects of various types of cancers like gastric, liver, skin, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Fresh ginger has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties due to gingerols, which is pungent component of the ginger. It decreases the inflammation of the body and also strengthens its defense mechanism by increasing the production of antioxidant enzyme. It helps to balance the production of free radicles in the body. According to some studies, ginger has potential to stop the development of cognitive degeneration like Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginger can also treat the diabetics. According to study done in 2015, ginger can significantly help in decreasing the blood glucose level, and can decrease insulin and cholesterol levels. Ginger also helps to decrease the risks of heart disease or of some secondary chronic diseases.
It also solves our digestive problems. It is used in treatment of upset stomach, constipation and abdominal pain. It is also best known to relieve the symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. We should therefore incorporate the ginger in our daily diet.
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