Read on to find out the several ways ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds greatly benefit our health.
A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center revealed that ginger supplements helped to reduce the severity of nausea felt by patients who were receiving chemotherapy.
Turn the symptoms of nausea around by quelling your stomach discomfort with either fresh or ground ginger in your beverages or dishes, which are both great ways to increase your intake of this superfood!
Helps you lose weight
Ginger’s crisp and spicy flavour leads to a thermogenic effect in your digestive system. This means that every time you ingest ginger, it raises the temperature in your gut which immediately boosts metabolism and fires up your body’s calorie-burning mechanism.
Hey, we are all for increased metabolism!
Reduces muscle pain
Ginger is not solely for your digestive health because turns out, it also benefits your muscles. Researchers from the University of Georgia have found through a study that the daily consumption of ginger reduces muscle aches caused by intense exercise.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds reduce the inflammation and soreness in your muscles that bug you post-workout. Who knew that post-workout recovery could be this easy?
Your mum might have been on to something when she gave you ginger tea concoctions to fight your flu. Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that gives ginger its piquant and spicy taste.
Gingerol stimulates an increased blood circulation that opens up your sinuses, relieving you of symptoms like runny nose and sore throat. An improved circulation also means that your body is actively working to deliver more oxygen to your organs while removing the toxins and viruses in your bloodstream.
Reduces menstrual pain
According to a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, taking ginger supplements during the start of your menstrual cycle reduced the amount of period-related pain felt in a group of female students.
So, try incorporating more ginger in your meals when battling your monthly woe for instant relief from your painful abdominal cramps.
This article was originally published in Shape.