Ginger is one of the oldest
spices. It is known worldwide for giving its distinct flavor to various food
preparations in many cuisines. The medicinal benefits of it has made it all the
more popular! There are some bioactive ingredients in ginger which exhibit
important health promoting properties. Major ingredients present in ginger
which are responsible for maintaining good health are gingerol, shogaol,
paradol and zerumbone.
Let’s have a look at some of its
- 1. Aids in Digestion – Helps treat stomach
upset. Also fights indigestion. It is believed to remove excess gas form the
body. Gases may lead to feeling very uncomfortable and also sometime lead to
pain in the abdomen, esophagus and other parts of the digestive system. It is
also believed to help in treating ulcers and gastritis.
- 2. Helps in getting rid of Nausea and Vomiting
– Nausea and vomiting happen due to various reasons. Some bioactive
molecules in ginger assist in reducing these unwanted symptoms can be because
of pregnancy or if they have occurred post surgery. Also it helps in reducing the severity of
nausea during or post chemotherapy (a type of therapy for cancer). Nausea and vomiting
are one of the most common side effect of this treatment. Similarly ginger has
also shown some effects in relieving motion sickness.
- 3. May Reduce Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritic
Pain:-Being anti-inflammatory in nature it helps soothing the tissues facing
inflammation and swelling. Thus helps in reducing rheumatoid and osteoarthritic
- 4. Helps in preventing blockages in blood
vessels – Owing to its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties,
ginger helps in preventing oxidation of bad cholesterol in blood vessels, thus
preventing blockages and thus promote heart health and may help in avoiding
heart attack and stroke.
- 5. It also exhibits antimicrobial activity. – Being
antimicrobial ginger may also assist in fighting several infections.