What You Should Know Before Taking Ginger Shots

Ginger shots have become a popular health and wellness trend in recent years, and for good reason — they contain a number of potential health benefits. Made from concentrated amounts of ginger root, ginger shots may improve your immune system and help fight off illness (via Healthline). While the exact ingredients will vary depending on the brand, ginger shots typically contain fresh ginger juice, lemon juice, orange juice, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and manuka honey. 

Since ginger shots (and other wellness shots) have skyrocketed in popularity as of late, they can easily be purchased online or at most grocery stores. However, they tend to be rather expensive and can cost up to $5 for a single shot (via Parade). If this is over your budget, don't worry. You can always make your own ginger shots at home by peeling 1/4 cup of fresh ginger and mixing up your desired ingredients in either a juicer or blender.

The benefits of ginger shots

While ginger shots are certainly not a magical cure-all, they do have some surprising health benefits thanks to their main ingredient: ginger.

First and foremost, ginger can help improve your digestive system. Studies have shown that consuming ginger can help alleviate bloating and nausea and improve digestion. "Ginger is known for its ability to treat nausea, bloating, and vomiting, so that's why ginger ale is commonly found in households," Dr. Arabia Mollette told Parade. "It really helps with GI symptoms, and there's an anti-inflammatory component to it which helps alleviate muscle cramping and menstrual pain."

Ginger also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which may improve your immune system and help ward off disease. Other common ingredients in ginger shots like honey can also help boost your immunity. In addition, research has found that ginger can be used to reduce blood sugar levels, decrease body weight, and protect against ovarian and pancreatic cancer.