Most people have heard about ginger for its vibrant flavor and it’s digestive health benefits, such as helping to prevent motion sickness, and nausea. What is not as widely known is that ginger is actually an amazing superfood, that can help treat many other conditions, not solely nausea. Ginger can be consumed in various forms. Ginger can easily be added to dishes for not only an added flavor boost, but a health boost as well!
100 g ginger
1. Ginger Reduces Nausea
Ginger has been know for helping with many digestive ailments. Ginger can be very helpful for nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness. It has been so effective for treating motion sickness, that there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication. (1) Ginger is also a powerful superfood to help combat morning sickness during pregnancy. “According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea” (2) As with any supplement, medication or natural remedy be sure to check with your doctor before starting, especially if you are pregnant
2. Ginger can Help to Reduce Muscle Soreness
If ginger is consumed regularly, it has the ability to actually fight against muscle soreness from exercise. One experiment studied people who consumed 2 grams of ginger for 11 days. The outcome was that ginger reduced muscle pain in those performing elbow exercises. (3)
3. Ginger Helps to Fight Inflammation
Ginger is one of those superfoods that is wonderful for fighting off inflammation. Ginger can help to reduce inflammation in those with osteoarthritis. One study showed that people who took ginger extract, and who suffered with osteoarthritis, had less pain than those that did not, and took less medication. (4)
4. Ginger Helps to Reduce Chronic Indigestion
Ginger has been a natural remedy to treat indigestion for years. This superfood, may be able to help speed up stomach emptying which can reduce bloating in chronic indigestion sufferers.
5. Ginger Reduces Menstrual Pain
Ginger can also be used as a pain reliever for menstrual pain. A study was conducted on 150 women and they all took 1 gram of ginger powder per day on the first 3 day of their menstrual period to see if ginger really did help menstrual pain. The study found that ginger may be able to reduce pain as much as ibuprofen. (5)