Ginger is a spice that has been used for centuries both for its distinctive flavor and medicinal properties as well. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. It is packed with minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, while also being high in vitamins A, C, and E. Potassium is good for your heart rate and blood pressure.
A study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research revealed that a ginger root supplement administered to participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within 30 days. This study was performed at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Reduces nausea & vomiting
Human studies indicate that 1 gram of ginger a day can help reduce vomiting and nausea in pregnant women. Another study found that nausea and vomiting were reduced by 38% when using ginger.
Boosts immune function
Ginger is a proven diaphoretic, meaning it can increase perspiration. German studies have found that sweat contains a natural antibiotic named dermcidin that can ward off bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial infections.
According to a study published in the African Journal of Biomedical Research, ginger extracts have a positive effect on the reproductive functions of male rats due to its “potent antioxidant properties and androgenic activities.”
Ginger contains gingerols that possess sedative properties that can improve low moods.
The British Journal of Nutrition published the results of an American study recently in which ginger extract (zingiber officinale) actually killed human prostate cancer cells while healthy prostate cells did not die.
Source: LA Healthy Living