Ginger: 10 Amazing Health Benefits

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Ginger is a herbaceous plant of oriental origin. Here are ten of the main health benefits of ginger.

Lo ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a herbaceous plant of oriental origin. In the kitchen and for natural remedies, the rhizome of ginger is used, fresh or dried and reduced to powder. In herbal medicine they are used ginger essential oil and ginger extracts for the preparation of natural remedies.

Lo ginger it is increasingly the center of attention due to its numerous to the healing properties.

Here are ten of the main ones health benefits some ginger.


Improve digestion

The beneficial properties of ginger help calm the stomach, relax the gastrointestinal muscles and prevent gas and bloating. All this thanks to the carminative properties of ginger. Also, ginger is recommended for diarrhea due to bacteria. For better digestion, try eating a small piece of fresh ginger after a large meal.

Preventing colds

Ginger helps the immune system and for this reason it is used for the prevention and treatment of colds. Ginger is very useful both to be consumed fresh and to be used to prepare infusions suitable for preventing and relieving colds and the classic autumn and winter ailments.

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Soothe a sore throat

Lo fresh ginger it is truly marvelous in case of a sore throat. Grandma's remedies teach us to eat a small piece of fresh ginger as soon as we feel that the throat starts to sting. The beneficial properties of ginger soothe a sore throat and if the discomfort is slight they can help to relieve it completely in a short time. Ginger is a natural pain reliever.

Relieve nausea

Ginger is recommended for relieve nausea, especially in the case of long journeys by ship, car, bus or plane. In fact, those suffering from motion sickness can find benefit from chewing a piece of ginger, ginger candies or sipping an herbal tea based on this ingredient.

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Reduce arthritic pains

Uno study recently conducted in Denmark showed that a specific ginger extract may be more effective than medicines in relieving arthritic pain. The experts investigated in vitro the response of cells, whether healthy or affected by arthritis, to certain anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen e cortisone. The effects of ginger extract were also observed on them. The results were astonishing.

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Fighting Diabetes

Uno study conducted at the University of Sydney showed that ginger can help keep blood sugar levels under control in diabetic patients. Experts have observed that ginger extracts are able to increase the amount of glucose absorbed by the muscles regardless of the level of insulin in the blood. The merit would be of the gingerols contained in the ginger flowers.

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Calm menstrual pains

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and it is a natural pain reliever. Its features allow it to be used to relieve menstrual pains. Prepare herbal teas, use powdered ginger as a condiment or ask the herbalist's shop for ginger-based products suitable for your specific problem.

Relieve headaches

Ginger may be able to relieve headaches, especially migraines, because of its capacity to prevent prostaglandins to cause pain and inflammation in the blood vessels. In case of migraines, the advice is to drink a ginger tea during the attacks, to try to relieve the pain.

Calm the cough

As an analgesic and pain reliever, ginger can be used for reduce cough, especially if the symptom is associated with a cold. The warming action of ginger helps eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract, which could be associated with the appearance of a cough and other very common annoyances, such as a cold.

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Stretch your muscles

With ginger you can prepare a massage oil suitable for relaxing contracted muscles. With fresh ginger juice and sesame oil you will get a remedy suitable for massaging the body, for example after training, but also useful to apply in case of dandruff and hair loss.

You know others beneficial properties of ginger? How do you use it?

To learn more, we recommend reading:
Ginger. The miraculous spice that revitalizes and rejuvenates the body. History, properties, uses and recipes

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