Written by: Zoe Freeman
Ginger is one of the most refreshing and diverse spices you can keep in your kitchen. Thanks to a unique combination of essential oils contained in the fresh root, cooking ginger into any dish releases an exotic aroma that will tantalize your senses.
But these oils do more than just make your mouth water. Consumed daily in the form of fresh, warm tea, ginger can improve your overall health in these amazing ways.
9 Powerful Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know
1. Ginger Relieves Stress
The aroma of ginger tea is both warm and relaxing, which may ease emotional tension, soothe nerves and provide you with the perfect moment of peace amidst your busy day.
2. Ginger Eases Nausea
Nothing settles an upset stomach like a mug of ginger tea. Drink after the onset of nausea to relieve the symptom, or think ahead. Sip some tea before you travel or fly to combat motion sickness before it starts!
3. Ginger Aids Digestion
In addition to relieving nausea, ginger tea is renowned for aiding in food absorption during digestion. A cup of tea after a meal can also help prevent bloating and heartburn.
4. Ginger Boosts Immunity
Ginger is uniquely anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic and is also very rich in antioxidants. A daily dose provides your body with extra fortifications against infection, virus and disease to keep you healthy and energized.
5. Ginger Acts as a Natural Pain Killer
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for remedying joint and muscle pain and may also help to ease migraine headaches, stomach cramps, or aches from the cold or flu. Use as a warm compress for sore joints and arthritis pain.
Special Tip: Ladies, for relief of menstrual pains, soak a hand towel in hot ginger tea and place it over your lower abdomen. This will relax your muscles and ease the intensity of cramps.
6. Ginger Improves Blood Circulation
Ginger root contains many vitamins, minerals and amino-acids, which support a healthy cardiovascular system. They detoxify the bloodstream and break down built-up fats in arteries that may lead to a stroke. Meanwhile, the natural warming properties of hot tea increases blood flow and aids the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to all cells in the body.
7. Ginger Soothes Respiratory Problems
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent remedy for chest congestion caused by allergies, asthma, or the common cold. Sip slowly and breathe deeply!
8. Ginger Increases Fertility
In ancient Chinese medicine, ginger was used as aphrodisiac to boost fertility in men. More recent studies support the claim and show that regular intake of ginger may increase sperm count and help with issues of erectile dysfunction.
9. Ginger Helps Prevent and Combat Cancer
Studies have shown that ginger possess properties that not only slow the growth of cancer cells, but also fight against existing cells to reverse the illness.
Extra Science-Backed Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger Can Help Prevent and Cure Liver Damage
Conditions such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has been linked to obesity and insulin resistance. In fact, this chronic liver disease is the most common one in the world. One 2011 study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that, thanks to its antioxidant content, ginger could effectively prevent and even treat fatty liver disease and reduce the liver’s oxidative stress.
Another 2016 study published in Hepatitis Monthly analyzed the effects of ginger supplementation on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. In it, they found that ginger was very helpful in managing the chronic condition. Over the 12-week study, ginger proved to help “[reduce] alanine aminotransferase, γ-glutamyl transferase, inflammatory cytokines, as well as the insulin resistance index and hepatic steatosis grade in comparison to the placebo.”
Ginger Helps Keep Your Kidney Functioning Properly
Warm Ginger Tea
Drinking ginger tea every day may be one of the greatest keys to health there is. The health benefits of fresh ginger seem endless. It’s amazing how one simple ingredient added to your daily diet could do so many great things for your wellness!
- 2 cups of water
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- 1-2 slices of lemon
- Combine the ginger, lemon and water in a saucepan or small pot on the stove.
- Bring to a boil with high heat.
- Once the tea is boiling, reduce the heat down to a simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from stove and allow it to cool slightly.
- Remove lemon and ginger.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!
Article originally published on FitLife.tv republished with permission.
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