Humanity has been using the beneficial properties of ginger for more than 5,000 years. In Indian and Chinese medicine, the root was considered perhaps the most valuable natural remedy, a “miracle pill” for all diseases.
Ginger was eaten and continues to be eaten fresh, dried, pickled, grounded and crushed into gruel, in the form of juice or oil, and is also often added to cosmetics.
The following benefits are what may happen for you if you start eating ginger not from time to time, but at least once per day by adding a comfortable amount to tea or food.
1. Helps Fight Aging
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant. The main active ingredient of ginger – gingerol – can fight oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a process in which too many free radicals accumulate in the body — active molecules that damage healthy cells.
This stress is one of the causes of aging and by consuming ginger, the cells may become more resistant to harmful effects.
2. Aid In Nausea Relief
Ginger may effectively cope with a nausea of any origin:
- in the first trimester of pregnancy;
- with seasickness;
- with chemotherapy;
- with high-pressure situations and so on.
The main factor in this process, again, is gingerol. Studies show that this substance stimulates the activity of the gastrointestinal tract and also blocks the nerve impulses that cause vomiting.
3. May Decrease Blood Sugar
Once again, gingerol is coming to the rescue. The risk of developing hypertension, obesity, diabetes, gallstone disease, and other illnesses associated with elevated glucose levels may start to decrease with ginger consumption.
Bonus: If you already have type 2 diabetes, ginger can help minimize the risk of complications associated with this disease.
4. Bacteria Resistance
The abuse of antibiotics is one of the most serious problems of modern medicine. People who try to treat ordinary acute respiratory infections with heavy artillery (strong medicines) often simply do not understand what kind of blow they are delivering to their health in general.
Meanwhile, the unreasonable use of antibiotics has already led to an uncontrolled increase in the number of bacteria resistant to drugs. This means that those bacterial infections that could be cured relatively easily yesterday become invulnerable to medicines. To what it will lead, in addition, perhaps, it is not necessary to explain.
The good news is that along with garlic, ginger has demonstrated an ability to cope with the “invulnerable” bacterias, significantly reducing their numbers. Scientists suggest that ginger has a huge, but not yet fully explored potential in the treatment of many bacterial diseases.
5. Improved Oral Health
Ginger may help to inhibit the activity of pathogenic bacteria that cause gum disease, in particular gingivitis, periodontitis, infections of the tooth cavity and root canals, and others.
Chewing a piece of fresh ginger once a day or rinsing your mouth with a ginger tincture is enough – and your teeth will thank you.
6. Improved Memory & Thinking
Studies involving middle-aged women have shown that ginger significantly slows down age-related changes in the cerebral cortex. Those who took two months of taking ginger extract tablets improved memory, reaction rate, and learning ability. Experts suggest that ginger can be the basis of drugs for age-related ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease.