Even though I already consider myself a relatively health-conscious person, I still find myself discovering new additions to my diet that could save me a trip to the pharmacy. Sometimes they aren’t even a new addition, just a new use! For example, ginger is used widely around the world in very different cuisines but is also used in some regions for its numerous medicinal properties.
Originating in Asia, ginger root comes from the portion of the ginger plant that grows underground, called the rhizome. Historically, Asian cultures used ginger to treat gastrointestinal discomfort, but modern studies have shown that ginger’s benefits are not limited to just relieving gastrointestinal discomfort.
Listed below with a short description following each are some individual benefits of having ginger in your diet!
1) Gastrointestinal Relief
As previously mentioned, one of ginger’s most sought after benefits is its relief of gastrointestinal pain. Ginger can help speed along the elimination of intestinal gas as well as help sooth and relax the entire intestinal tract! Ginger’s ability to ease gastrointestinal distress can be attributed to its ability to reduce or prevent altogether the symptoms of motion sickness, which include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and cold sweating. Furthermore, ginger has been proven to be extremely effective in reducing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. More often than not, medication prescribed to women during pregnancy for nausea can cause birth complications. Ginger, on the other hand, is extremely safe and does not require a large dose to experience relief.
Ginger root contains gingerols, which are anti-inflammatory compounds that have been found to reduce pain and improve mobility in those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Gingerols may also lead to reduction in swelling, in addition to pain relief. Other conditions, which either cause severe inflammation, or are caused by inflammation, may also experience relief.
3) Acid Reflux
Put the Tums down! Instead of buying an over-the-counter antacid that may cause more harm than benefit (increase in risk of bone fractures, nutrient malabsorption, and pneumonia, to name a few), try ginger! Ginger inhibits acid reflux and provides important enzymes for the digestive system. In fact, a 2007 published study concluded that ginger performed six to eight times better than traditional drugs.
4) Cough/Sore Throat/Congestion
Drinking ginger as a tea with the addition of lemon and honey is one of the most notable natural remedies for a sore throat, coughing, or even just congestion.
Ginger does not always have to be ingested to be beneficial! Rubbing raw, cut pieces of ginger onto sore gums or swishing (first boiled, but then cooled) it as a mouth rinse can give immediate relief to those suffering from a tooth or gum ache.
6) General soreness
In addition to helping reduce inflammation, ginger can also be used to treat muscle soreness. In fact, it has been found that ginger can be more effective than over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers.
So, in review, ginger can be beneficial in relieving:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Arthritic inflammation
- Sore throat
- Motion Sickness
With a laundry list like that, it is no wonder why Nature’s Dynamics includes ginger in it’s Berry Garden Blend!