12 Health Benefits of Ginger
December 17, 2013
By Sano Mag staff
12 Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is an incredible plant that has tons of natural healing properties. Historically it has been used for centuries medicinally, with particular focus on relieving nausea, upset stomachs and dizziness.

However, ginger's potent anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and pain-relieving properties have more recently been discovered to help with a number of serious diseases.

The phenolic antioxidants in ginger have been found to help protect against diseases caused by oxidative damage, such as stroke, heart disease and cancer.

Here is an outline of 12 benefits that ginger can have on your health:

1. Ginger for Motion Sickness and Dizziness

Ginger is great preventing and relieving the symptoms of motion sickness. Suck on a piece of raw ginger or drink ginger tea to help combat motion sickness.

2. Ginger for Migraine Relief

Ginger root can relieve tension, swelling and pain that cause migraine headaches. Best of all it does so naturally and without side effects. Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that help block the prostaglandins which cause migraines, while also relieving pain and eliminating nausea and vomiting, common symptoms of migraines.

3. Ginger for Nausea and Morning Sickness Relief

Ginger is a great remedy for nausea and has been found to be very effective against morning sickness. Raw ginger or ginger tea are great at relieving the symptoms of morning sickness.

4. Ginger for Reducing Pain and Inflammation

Ginger is a great pain reliever, particularly for exercise-induced pain and inflammation. In a 2010 study, those who consumed raw ginger, rather than heat-treated ginger, experience a reduction of pain of 25% within 24 hours.

5. Ginger for Menstrual Cramp Relief

Another study conducted in 2009 found that women who took ginger while menstruating experienced pain relief equal to that of taking ibuprofen. The warming properties in ginger increase circulation, relax muscles and ease menstrual cramps.

6. Ginger for Heartburn Relief

Ginger can relieve indigestion and gas by reducing spasms in the intestinal tract. Ginger also decreases inflammation in the stomach and creates a barrier against stomach acid, thereby aiding digestion. These properties make ginger great for stomach aches and flatulence.

7. Ginger for Cold and Flu Prevention

Fresh ginger is a great treatment for coughing and fever that comes with colds and flu. Ginger is particularly good at relieving colds when it is taken in a tea, such as with lemon and honey. Ginger and honey are also well documented as boosting the immune system which is an important factor in preventing and treating colds and flu.

8. Ginger for Heart Health and Lowering Cholesterol

A particular breakthrough over the past decade is the discovery that ginger offers potent cardiovascular benefits by preventing atherosclerosis and lowering cholesterol levels. Ginger has also been found to prevent oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).

9. Ginger for Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Another study found ginger can treat and even prevent ovarian cancer. Along with ginger's antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties, ginger also has an anti-inflammatory component called gingerol. The study found that ginger stopped growth in cultured ovarian cancer cells, and inhibited the transitional step where tumours move from a dormant to a malignant state.

10. Ginger for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Whole ginger extract has been found to significantly inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells. In one study, the ginger extract stopped cell-cycle progression as well as modulated molecules that regulate cell death. The ginger extract was found to significantly reduce the size of tumours without releasing toxicity into normal tissues.

11. Ginger for Colon Cancer Prevention

A study funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute late last year found that ginger root supplements reduce colon inflammation. This has led researchers to believe ginger may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

12. Ginger for Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy is when diabetics develop kidney disease, which is a common problem. Thankfully there are a number of herbal remedies and plant derivatives that can protect against kidney problems, including ginger.

Ginger isn't for everyone. But those who can tolerate the warm, aromatic plant can prepare ginger as follows:
  • Drink fresh ginger in a tea by adding boiling water to ginger and raw honey. Add a squeeze of lemon as well if desired
  • Grate the ginger into a vegetable or fruit juice, such as celery, carrot and apple juice
  • Add ginger to food to stir fries, sautée it with vegetables and/or meat
  • Roughly chop ginger and add it to fish before baking, with a squeeze of lemon and minced garlic
  • Add ginger to sauces or dressings
As well as consuming garlic you can also use it topically. You can use a ginger compress or soak in a warm bath with freshly grated ginger to soothe tired and aching muscles.

We prefer to use fresh ginger, but you can also buy powdered ginger or candied ginger. If choosing the latter, only consume very small amounts as it is very powerful. Remember, ginger is a diuretic!

"The potent anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and pain-relieving properties in ginger have been found to help cure a number of serious diseases."