Ginger originated from China, but now it has spread worldwide and its popularity is growing. The common use of its root is as a spice, however, because of its healing effects, many people utilize it for medicinal purposes.
Here are highlighted some of the effects that it has on the human body:
- Fights cancer cells
The doctors at the UMCCC (University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center) found that the ginger is able to destroy ovarian cancer cells in a speed that is higher and safer compared with the platinum-based chemotherapy. According to the reports, the people who ingest ginger rhizomes have lower levels of an intestine and colon inflammation, thus reducing the risk of getting colon cancer.
- Reduces inflammation
The compound gingerol in the ginger makes it a beneficial tool in combating health conditions related to cell inflammation. The study conducted on patients experiencing arthritis and muscular pains showed significant outcomes in pain relief and muscle swelling. It is also highly beneficial for patients who are experiencing diseases that are usually caused by cell inflammation (obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s).
- Stops acid reflux
The case study presented in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutrition demonstrated researchers who compared certain ginger compounds to those of acid blocker drugs. They conclude that the ginger compounds worked six times better than other prescribed drugs. The side effects of the acid blocker drug are remarkable in destroying the stomach acid barrier, thus expanding the danger of getting ulcers or even stomach cancer.
- Prevents morning sickness
Many women who had experienced it reported that ginger helped them to reduce vomiting and nausea. In a form of tablets, its dose is usually prescribed of 200mg every four hours.
- Alleviates a cough or a sore throat
The ginger has been the most popular homemade cure for sore throats and coughs for a long time. You can prepare slices of ginger rhizomes in boiling water and add lemon and honey, which will be utilized to soothe sore throats and also clear nasal congestion.
- Improves digestion and stops gassiness
Ginger is one of the herbs that are utilized for rumbling and calming stomach. In case of dealing with a stomach upset, boil slices of ginger for a few minutes and sweeten them only with raw honey. For gassiness, you’ll be probably prescribed by the doctor doses up to three times a day of 250 to 500mg.
- Relieves headache
You can prepare perfect beverage for soothing a migraine by combining ginger with cayenne pepper and peppermint.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon full of dried peppermint in a boiling water, then after adding slices of ginger let it simmer to make the drink more powerful. This beverage should be only sweetened by using raw honey or Stevia.
- Soothes a toothache
As the ginger has pain relieving properties, it has been utilized for toothaches for generations. You can simply rub raw ginger onto the gums and feel immediate pain relief. Another way of using it is by boil slices in the water and after it cools down to use it as a mouthwash.
- Stimulates blood circulation
Squeeze out the juice of about 50 grams of grated ginger rhizomes, and then put it in a basin containing four to five liters of hot water. Apply this mixture to the affected area, which will dissolve accumulated toxic materials.
Here are some other benefits associated with ginger:
– Chewing on a piece of ginger after an operation, in order to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
– Stimulate one’s appetite and activates the digestive juices, by chewing on a piece of ginger right before a meal.
– Combining the ginger paste with turmeric will be perfect for the patients experiencing muscle strains, especially athletes. You should firmly rub on the affected area at least twice a day.
– The diabetic patients are advised by the doctors to drink a glass of ginger water in the morning before any meal. This beverage is helpful in stabilizing the glucose levels in the blood.