Renowned for its health properties and benefits, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are looking for ways to incorporate ginger into their diet.
Whether you use it raw, cook using its extracted oil, use its ground powder or even drink it in tea – there are countless ways to get the ginger you need.
But why you may ask? Well, we’re here to let you know all the surprising health benefits you may not know:
Ginger promotes the secretion of a variety of digestive juices and enzymes that help neutralise stomach acid. It also contains phenols that relax stomach muscles. Reducing the activity of the stomach means that ginger acts in a similar way to a sedative on irritated stomach tissue.
Reduce Muscle pain and soreness
Ginger improves circulation and blood blow, making it a perfect tool in soothing sore and tired muscles.
Consuming ginger is just part of the process. For added benefits, try grating fresh ginger into a cotton sealable bag and run under hot bath water for the ultimate soak.
Help treat indigestion
Indigestion pain is caused by the delayed emptying of the stomach. In studies, ginger has shown to speed up this process in people who often suffer from the condition.
Reduce period pain
A traditional use for ginger is reducing the pain associated with menstrual cramps. In some studies, ginger has proven just as effective as drugs such as ibuprofen. A natural painkiller and a tasty tea combined!
Ginger contains bioactive ingredient called Gingerol. It is this substance that has been linked to lowering the risk of infections.
Ginger inhibits the growth of many different types of bacteria, which is why many people consume it when trying to get rid of a cold.
Due to its infection-fighting properties, ginger is also effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums.
Using ginger to reduce flatulence should also be used in conjunction with a specialised diet. If you are suffering its best to stay away from certain foods that are notorious for producing excess gas (such as beans, cabbage, cauliflower).
Alongside flatulence, ginger helps reduce bloating and ease burping.
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