Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a herb with plenty of health benefits. The rhizome of the ginger plant is loaded with bioactive compounds and nutrients that are beneficial not only for the body, but also the brain.
Gingerol, the bioactive compound in ginger, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in relieving nausea, especially pregnancy-related morning sickness.[1,2.3]
Ginger provides effective relief from muscle pain resulting from exercise injuries.[4,5] It also relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis by alleviating joint pain and stiffness.[6,7] Ginger powder can also be useful in decreasing the intensity of menstrual pain. The cholesterol-lowering effects of ginger are similar to the drug atorvastatin, a popular medicine used for lowering cholesterol levels.[9,10]
Ginger For Preventing Cancer
Cancer is characterized by an abnormal growth of cells.
Ginger has been studied as an alternative treatment for different forms of cancer.
The anti-cancer effects are attributed to 6-gingerol, a compound found in raw ginger.[11,12]
A study done in 30 people found that when two grams of ginger extract every day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon.
Other studies suggest that ginger may be effective against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer.[14,15,16]
How To Take It
- Take ½tsp ginger paste with a glass of warm water twice daily to increase your immunity and help prevent cancer.
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