The potential health benefits of ginger:
It can support your immune system.
You know that spicy, pungent scent-flavor that’s ginger’s calling card? That’s due to gingerol, a compound that has antioxidant properties to help support your immunity. Try sipping ginger tea or making a gingery salad dressing for a quickie health boost.
It can reduce your risk of diabetes.
Scientists have linked some active compounds in ginger with improvements in insulin and metabolism.
It’s a natural way to relieve period pain.
Sipping ginger tea can soothe nausea during that time of the month. However, if you usually take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, it may not work as well. Check with your doc before trying any supplement in extract or pill form, since it may interact with other medications you’re taking.
It’s an anti-inflammatory.
Like other produce, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains, ginger contains antioxidant-like compounds called phytonutrients that may reduce cell damage.
It can settle an upset stomach.
Research has linked multiple digestive benefits to ginger, specifically acting on parts of your GI tract responsible for feelings of nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting. It may also help move food from the stomach to the small intestine for digestion and absorption. That said, ginger cannot prevent food poisoning or counteract ingestion of a harmful substance, so contact your physician ASAP if something requires urgent medical attention.
It may help prevent heart disease.
The same anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger can also reduce the risk of chronic disease.
It may lower your risk of cancer.
The cell-protecting properties of ginger can lower the long-term risk of certain cancers. That’s because the spice and other flavorings may reduce cellular activity that causes DNA changes, cell death, and proliferation of cancer cells. It could also help sensitize tumors to treatments like chemo and radiation. While ginger’s not a cure-all for any chronic disease, using it regularly with loads of other spices and plant-based foods can help benefit health overall.