What are the health benefits of ginger?
When waking up early I sometimes feel a little drowsy and tired. Both my mind and my body sometimes need a little longer to wake up after what may have been a short night. Its at these moments where I absolutely love my morning routine, as I feel that my body needs a little wake up call!
As soon as I get up I make myself a cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon and fresh ginger! The lemon gives a little kick but trust me, so does the ginger! We all may know that ginger is supposed to be a healthy product. But what exactly are the effects that makes it so healthy for us?
Well, continue reading to find out!
Ginger may protect against Alzheimer’s Disease and improve brain function
Antioxidants and bioactive compounds that are found in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that may occur in your brain. A study showed that ginger may even enhance brain function directly which include benefits such as anti aging, improving memory as well as reaction time!
Helps lower cholesterol levels
Ginger helps reduce the level of blood triglyceride as well as LDL cholesterol levels.
Helps your digestion
Compounds found in ginger are known to stimulate saliva and bile production as well as helping to promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food. This helps to relieve the gastrointestinal of irritation.
Ginger Contains Gingerol
This substance is filled with antioxidants and strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Helps treat nausea and morning sickness
It is thought that active components such as gingerol has an affective effect on the digestive and central nervous system, which helps prevent nausea.
May reduce menstrual pain
Ginger is known for its anti-pain property. Especially ginger powder is known to help reduce menstrual pain. Its know to even be as effective as painkillers such as ibuprofen.
Has anti-inflammatory effects
This means it can help fight infections and reduce symptoms of a flu and colds. When you feel ill it is great to drink ginger tea as it warms the body from within, which promotes sweating.
May reduce muscle pain and soreness
Ginger is a great substance to take after exercise as it may reduce your muscle pain up to 25%. Also, there are some studies that show that ginger can help reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Could drastically lower blood sugars
Supplements in ginger help lower the risk of blood clotting and has been show to reduce blood sugars, which improve heart disease risk factors! A study has shown that 2 grams of ginger powder per day can lower your blood sugar by 12%!
Helps protect against and improve diabetic complications
Gingerol is known to improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity.
May prevent certain types of cancer
Gingerol found in ginger helps delay the growth of colorectal cancer cells. It also appears to work beneficial towards your enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase. And may also help to increase the motility through the digestive tract. All these benefits help towards fighting colon cancer, and may even prevent the illness all together. Supplements in ginger also help reduce risk of colorectal cancer, which was established by research done by Cancer Prevention Research.
Are you running towards your local supermarket already to get yourself a bag full of ginger? – I know I am!
Not such a big fan of ginger (yet)? No worries, there are definitely some ways to still get your daily doses of ginger without tasting its overpowering flavour too much!
Here are some of my favourite ways!
Blend a little piece (depending on how much of a ginger lover you are) through your smoothie. If you use plenty of fruit and/or veggies the ginger flavour will be overpowered by the other flavours!
If you are making your own home-made soup you can always add a little ginger. If you are making a creamy soup and blending your ingredients together then add a little piece of ginger while blending it. Or if you are making a stock for your soup, add some ginger and leave it to infuse the water together with the other ingredients.
Sauce or dressing
If you are making a fresh salad dressing or a thick sauce to wok your noodles in, you can always add a little ginger! Here are some simple recipes to get you started!
Simple Ginger Salad Dressing
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
- 2 tablespoon low salt soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients together and whisk together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste then simply drizzle over your salad!
Simple Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1/4 cup low salt soy sauce
- 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (toasted)
Add all ingredients together in a hot sauce pan. Let it simmer and stir often for about 5 min, until its smooth and thick. Drizzle over some veggies, rice, or noodles and you’ve got yourself a delicious ginger rich sauce!
If you are a ginger lover like I am you can always just simply add slices or grated ginger to a hot cup of water and make your own ginger tea. Add some mint, lemon or agave syrup if you want to add some flavours!
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