Ginger Magic

Many health stores sell ginger shots, and now, you can make your own here. Ginger is one of the most nutritious and popular spices that are in the same family as turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice. It’s a very common ingredient in recipes. You may have seen it in popular health stores where they sell ginger shots for immunity. Well, all the benefits are here.


Ginger gets most of its benefits from a compound called gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties. It has been used for thousands of years to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, etc. In addition, gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which may help to reduce the likelihood of heart disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's, psoriasis, and more. What's more, anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger can help to reduce muscle soreness during recovery.


One of the best benefits of ginger is its ability to treat nausea and morning sickness. It can also helps if you’re trying to ease a queasy stomach, especially during pregnancy. Ginger works because it can keep your breaking up built-up gas in your intestines, thereby regulating normal digestive functions and making blood pressure consistent, which helps reduce nausea. According to a review of 12 studies that included 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1–1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea.


Ginger may also help with weight loss. "A 2019 literature review concluded that ginger supplementation significantly reduced body weight, the waist-hip ratio, and the hip ratio in people with overweight or obesity". This ability of ginger may be related to certain mechanisms, such as its "potential to help increase the number of calories burned or reduce inflammation."


At the same time, older patients may enjoy ginger for its benefits of improving osteoarthritis, which is a condition of degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness. "A study from 2011 found that a combination of topical ginger, mastic, cinnamon, and sesame oil can help reduce pain and stiffness in people with OA of the knee."


Ginger's other interesting benefits include soothing muscle pain, regulating oral hygienics, indigestion, lower cholesterol, and easing period cramps. In addition, the antibacterial compounds such as gingerol and paradol, shogaols and zingerone, can protect against oral bacteria from growing –– the same ones can cause periodontal disease, a serious gum infection.


Overall, ginger has many health benefits that can improve everyone's well-being in various ways. Although, keep in mind that no food is 'magic .' Hence, it takes time to see clear results. Here are some creative ideas to get your daily 'shot' of ginger!


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