Ginger is a member of the healthiest, delicious and ancient group of foods on the plant. Not only is it a common ingredient in Asian foods but it also offers a lot of medicinal properties which make it worthy of the title superfood. The origin of ginger is believed to be China and this flowering plant belongs to the Zingiberaceae, which is closely related to turmeric and cardomon. The underground part of stem of this plant, also known as the ginger root is usually used as a spice in foods. In India, ginger is used in millions of houses every day. Whether it is tea, meal or a home remedy for battling digestive and flu problems, ginger has proved its worth in Indian homes over the course of time. Discussed below are the effects this amazing root can have if it’s used correctly.
A lot of people face digestion issues and some even have a condition called dyspepsia or also called chronic indigestion whose symptoms are pain and discomfort in upper part of the stomach. It is believed that this condition occurs due to the delayed emptying of the stomach resulting in the pain and discomfort. Interestingly, the phenolic compounds in ginger not only help in relieving gastrointestinal problems but also boots saliva and bile production which aids in digestion. A study has revealed that 1.2 grams of ginger can accelerated digestion by 50%.
Nausea or Morning Sickness
Ginger has proven itself to be extremely effective against nausea. Even in the case of sea sickness, ginger has displayed its value by serving as a remedy. Drinking ginger tear or even chewing raw ginger can relieve nausea or vomiting when people go through surgery or chemotherapy. Another case where ginger excels is pregnancy related sickness or also known as morning sickness. Studies conducted suggest that ginger is capable of reducing morning sickness substantially while helping with nausea.
Muscle Pain and Menstrual Pain
If you are someone who goes through daily cardiovascular sessions or intense exercise then you might have faced muscle pain induced by your activity. Ginger is also known to significantly reduce such type of pains among people. A study revealed that ginger supplementation reduced muscle pain by 25%.
Along with muscle pain relief, ginger can also be used to reduce pain of dysmenorrhea also known as severe pain during menstruation. Ginger can substantially reduce this pain the same as mefenamic acid or ibuprofen.