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What is Ginger?

Ginger, with the scientific name Zingiber officinale, belongs to the Zingiberaceae family
commonly found in Asia, Africa and also in tropical areas in the Americas. Its underground
rhizome, also known as ginger root or simply ginger, has many colored varieties red, yellow,
white, but the genetic variation is not limited to colors, shape of its roots or rhizome, or the
height of the ginger plant. The distinctness depends on where the ginger grows or is cultivated.

What are the Uses of Ginger?

Ginger originated in Southern Asia, specifically from India, and has long been used as a spice,
food and beverage condiment, and also an ingredient for fragrances and cosmetics. The uses of
ginger vary from country to country but for centuries, ginger has been used as a home remedy
and traditional herbal medicine to treat various health related ailments.

Why is Ginger Good for You?

Ginger contains chemical components with
powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties. And due to the medicinal values and
other health benefits of ginger, continuous
modern scientific research and clinical studies
are conducted to unravel the potentials of
ginger in treating myriad of diseases and
identifying possible side effects.


Proven Health Benefits of Ginger with Scientific Support

1. Ginger as a Pain Reliever The results of a clinical study conducted by researchers at
the University of Georgia, published in the Phytotherapy Research journal, found that
daily intake of raw or fresh ginger root can reduce muscle pain caused by intense
physical activities like muscle exercises or cycling. It also revealed that ginger extract
can reduce pain caused by Osteoarthritis and joint pain in people with Rheumatoid
arthritis (RA). A clinical trial by Toyserkan Azad University concluded that ginger can
minimize the pain of females suffering from dysmenorrhea, a common gynecological
disorder among women during the menstrual cycle. Women who participated in the test
reported a reduce in the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. In another study done in China,
the pain scores of the group that used herbal drug which contained ginger was lower,
which further supports the efficacy of ginger in alleviating pain.
2. Ginger as an Anti-cancer A study regarding the Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory
Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity found that gingers functional
components like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols have properties which can prevent
various types of cancers. Additional studies intended to explore this specific ginger
potential showed evidence of Gingers anti-cancer efficacy and provided substantial
evidence of ginger extracts chemopreventive properties, suggesting albeit subject to
further research, that Ginger and its bioactive molecules are effective in controlling the
extent of colorectal, gastric, ovarian, liver, skin, breast, and prostate cancers.
3. Ginger as Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant- Fresh gingers anti-oxidative and antiinflammatory properties like gingerols, the pungent component of ginger, not only
decreases inflammation but also strengthens the bodys defense by increasing the
antioxidant enzyme in the body. An article published in the Journal of Medicinal Food
provided the first evidence that ginger modulates biochemical pathways activated in
chronic inflammation, hence confirming the long held belief as regards to gingers antiinflammatory properties. And as an effective antioxidant, ginger helps balance the
production of free radicals and compensates for the decrease of the antioxidants levels
of the body called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can also reduce cognitive functions,
therefore some studies suggest that ginger has the potential to slow or stop the
progression of cognitive degeneration like Alzheimers disease and can also improve the
cognitive function of middle-aged healthy women, further bolstering gingers potential
as a cognitive enhancer.


4. Ginger Can Treat Diabetes Although relatively new, a 2015 study was conducted to
investigate the effects of ginger in type 2 diabetic patients and disclosed that ginger
may have a role in alleviating the risk of some chronic complications of diabetes.
Furthermore, the study showed that Ginger can significantly aid in lowering the blood
glucose level, and can decrease insulin and cholesterol levels. Ginger also helps diminish
risks of heart disease or of some secondary chronic complications.
5. Helps with Digestive Problems Ginger is used as a treatment for constipation, upset
stomach (dyspepsia), ulcer, abdominal pain, and also indigestion as it promotes
gastrointestinal health and digestion. In a study performed to evaluate the effects of
ginger on gastric motility, a group of patients with functional dyspepsia participated in a
double-blind test and the outcome showed that gastric emptying was faster after
ginger intake, proving that ginger has a potential therapeutic effect and in mediating
gastric motility.
6. Relieves Nausea and Vomiting Ginger is known to reduce symptoms of nausea.
Pregnant women normally use it to relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP)
or morning sickness. A clinical study involving 1278 pregnant women confirmed the
benefits of ginger in alleviating symptoms of pregnancy nausea and with the absence of
negative side effects, ginger is considered as a viable alternative for women suffering
from NVP. Ginger can also prevent or reduce other types of nausea like chemotherapyinduced nausea, vertigo, and even motion sickness and seasickness.

Different Ways to Prepare Ginger

Incorporating ginger in your daily diet in
different forms raw or fresh ginger root that
you can slice and add to your morning smoothie,
ginger powder or minced ginger to spice up your
dishes, as ginger juice or ginger tea. Heres a
treat for your daily ginger consumption using
Ginger Shots Lemon fruit flavor, Lemon Ginger
Cayenne Tea recipe!

What you will need:

1 Lemon Ginger Shot
1 Tablespoon organic honey
1/4 Teaspoon of cayenne

1 Cup water
1 to 2 Tea bags


Boil water & steep tea bags. Add the lemon Ginger Shot, honey, and cayenne to a mug. Pour
the tea over the other ingredients, stir well and enjoy!

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