We all know what ginger is and how delicious it tastes, but what about the health benefits of ginger? Not only does it pack a delicious punch with its spicy taste, it also packs a health punch with its many benefits to the body! These benefits can help with everything from everyday ailments to more serious health issues.
Ginger has been around for ages and originates from Southeast Asia, but its use quickly spread to other areas. After China, it found wide popularity in the Mediterranean regions and Rome. It is used in a variety of ways, but most often as a spice when cooking. However, ginger’s many uses go far beyond adding a little spice to your meal. Ginger can also to help with:
Ginger has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help decrease inflammation, due to gingerols found in the root. It has also been linked to pain reduction in those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and can even help reduce muscle pain experienced following exercise. A study about osteoarthritis found that subjects who took a ginger extract twice a day experienced less pain than those that took a placebo with no ginger extract, highlighting the link between ginger and its anti-inflammatory nature.
When experiencing symptoms of the common cold, ginger can help give your immune system the boost it needs when fighting off a sickness. Adding ginger to tea can relieve a sore throat and minimize a cough as well. Ginger is also known to help break up phlegm and is therefore helpful with congestion and stuffy noses that often come along with the cold.
Ginger has also been used to help with nausea of multiple causes. These include: morning sickness, motion sickness, vertigo, vomiting induced by chemotherapy, and vomiting post-surgery. Ginger can help with an upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, colic, and irritable bowel syndrome. It aids in helping these symptoms because of its direct effect on the stomach and its ability to increase movement within the gastrointestinal system.
Amazingly, ginger may have a positive effect on different types of cancer. A study by the Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center revealed that in individuals with ovarian cancer, ginger could be linked to inhibiting ovarian cancer cells. It has also been linked to helping fight colon cancer through a study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It may result in lower levels of colon and intestine inflammation, potentially reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Who would have thought something so tasty could also be so beneficial for your health? If you’re looking to reap the benefits of ginger, look no further. The newest addition to our NuStevia Syrup line, NuStevia Ginger Syrup, is made with organic ginger extract instead of fake flavors that imitate ginger. This extract has many of the positive properties that whole ginger root has. NuStevia Ginger Syrup is extremely versatile and can be used in anything from coffee and smoothies to marinades and sauces! Check it out, your body (and taste buds) will thank you!