Ginger is not only tasty, but is also an excellent root which can help you deal with so many health problems. It has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in Asia, wonder to know what this nutritious root can do for you?
Here are the top 7 things you should know about ginger root:
1. Cold and flu fighter
Ginger is ideal in treating cold and flu. Steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, drink 2-3 times a day.
2. Helps with weight loss
Ginger acts as a fat burner, and it helps you feel full, so you’ll eat less and feel fuller longer, thus reducing the overall caloric intake to speed up weight loss.
3. Anti-cancer benefits
Studies strongly suggest that gingerols, the active phyto-nutrients in ginger are beneficial against cancer cells. The major down side, is that most of the studies involve animal testing.
4. Ginger Lowers Cholesterol
The body has natural mechanisms in place to help regulate cholesterol levels. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the good kind of cholesterol; it helps remove cholesterol from the body. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) is the bad kind of cholesterol; it can build up in the walls of your arteries, making blood vessels hard and narrow, slowing blood flow to the heart and other organs. Low HDL levels accompanied by high LDL levels is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
Including more cholesterol-lowering foods in your diet is a way to naturally reduce bad cholesterol in your body. And you can add ginger to the list: a study on patients who suffer from elevated lipid levels found that taking three grams of ginger per day had the effect of drastically reducing LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol when taken over the span of 45 days. Ginger may have this result because gingerol is a phenolic antioxidant that has cardio-protective effects.
6. Reduces inflammation.
Gingerol is the compound that can be most helpful in reducing inflammation associated with conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. For example, a new 2015 review noted that ginger has potential in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis. In a group of patients with type 2 diabetes, ginger was found to reduce inflammation, causing the authors to conclude that the spice “may be a good remedy to diminish the risk of some chronic complications of diabetes.”
7. Combats Stomach Discomfort.
Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen