For centuries, ginger root has been used to treat common ailments facing people, from an upset stomach to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is a common ingredient that many cultures across the world have reached for in times of need. But what makes this root so beneficial and why should you consume ginger each day?
Whether it’s morning sickness or the morning blues after a late night out, we’ve all been there. Having nausea is a common ailment amongst the masses. Ginger has often been used to help this: drinking ginger ale when having the stomach flu is an example of this. According to many sources (like Healthline), ginger contains gingerol. This ingredient is often used as the main bioactive compound acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This soothes tummy aches and aids in digestion.
Inflammation can occur with injury or as a result of other health issues (like osteoarthritis). While some of us may not be willing to constantly take a tablet to treat the pain and discomfort that comes with inflammation, there is a healthy and natural alternative that is said to treat this: gingerol. Coming from the Zingiberaceae family (with similar members like turmeric and cardamom), this gingerol compound helps to ease this pain, according to the US national library of medicine.
Drinking ginger tea is well-known for causing warmth. This is because it is diaphoretic tea. Diaphoretic teas carry warmth from the inside out and will cause the body to sweat and warm as you continue to drink. BBC Good Food advises drinking ginger tea when you feel a cold coming on or when the colder weather settles in to protect you from the harsh elements.
4) Blood sugar
For those of us who live very busy lives (don’t we all?), healthy diets are difficult to maintain. When eating unhealthily, blood sugar levels are not what they should be, but ginger is said to help regulate this.
While these claims are substantiated by third parties, ginger, because it is so commonly referred to as “healthy” can simply make you feel good for consuming it. Hell, if a study comes out to prove everything wrong so far, at least it tastes good, right?
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