The Real Health Benefits Of Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant whose root has been used for flavor and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Here are the health benefits of this perennial.

According to Verywell Fit, ginger's benefits can be "broadly categorized as being either gastrointestinal, anti-inflammatory, or metabolic." This root has long been used to ease gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, and mild upset. A 2012 University of Rochester study mentioned by Verywell Fit observed that people who took ginger supplements after chemotherapy saw a decrease in the nausea that often accompanies this treatment.

Ginger contains a substance called gingerol that has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown some promise in the efficacy of gingerol in treating pain caused by health issues like arthritis. Some evidence also points toward ginger helping with metabolic-related health issues like high blood pressure or blood sugar. A 2015 study even suggested that taking a ginger supplement every day may help with type 2 diabetes.

Ginger may offer a list of other benefits

In addition to reducing inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, and pain, ginger may improve circulation and boost the immune system (via Everyday Health). It may also be helpful in improving gut health and preventing stomach ulcers caused by medications like ibuprofen or aspirin.

Ginger can be consumed in many different ways. A popular way to enjoy this spice is to steep the root in hot water to form a tea. Ginger tea bags can be purchased to enjoy similar benefits. Grated or powdered ginger can be added to dishes for a bright punch of flavor. It is commonly found in Asian recipes but can be added to many different dishes. It can even be candied and enjoyed on its own.

You can also buy ginger supplements to take in the form of capsules. Talk to your doctor before taking a ginger supplement to ensure that this higher dosage is safe for you and won't interact with any medications you may be on.