16 Super Health Benefits of Adrak, Ginger + Healthy Recipes
Ginger has a unique and sharp flavor. The distinctive aroma and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.Ginger is a very common ingredient in Indian kitchens. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
1. Amazing for Cold, Cough and Sore Throat
Ginger is an effective cure for congestion, sore throat, cold and cough. To get rid of cold, cough or sore throat you should drink Ginger Tea and Honey Ginger Tea
2. Antioxidant activities
Ginger is rich in antioxidants which helps remove harmful substances called free radicals from our body (1). These free radicals need to be neutralized in the body as they come in lots of different grades and you need to neutralize that by consuming different antioxidant rich foods. The active compounds in ginger have antioxidant effects and therefore can be used as natural antioxidant food additives (2).
3. Good for Digestion
It aids digestion (3). Thus it helps relieve indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps etc.
4. Treats Nausea
Ginger is effectively used to treat nausea. Ginger significantly reduces symptoms of nausea in pregnant ladies (4). Nausea due to sea sickness can also be prevented using ginger (5).
The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, muscle pains etc (6). Ginger along with cinnamon and sesame seed oil is found effective when applied topically in patients with knee osteoarthritis (7). The anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger are effective against inflammation in chronic diseases such as Fatty Liver, Asthma, Cancer and Arthritis (8).
6. Good for Respiratory Health
It is used in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory problems. Fresh ginger is found to be effective against respiratory virus (9).
7. Pain Relief
Ginger is also found to reduce pain caused in the muscles due to exercise (10) (11). Ginger Hopper and Ginger Melon Juice. are two juices that will keep you refreshed.
8. Anti-allergic properties
The potent compounds in ginger are capable of inhibiting allergic reactions and may be useful for the treatment and prevention of allergic diseases (12).
9. Fights Infections
The bioactive compound Gingerol can help in lowering the risk of infections. It also has great antifungal and antimicrobial activities (13). Ginger extract has shown to stop the growth of different types of bacteria (14) (15). Gingerol is also effective against bacteria in the oral cavity (16).
10. Protects Against Stomach Ulcers
Ginger powder has a protective effect against stomach ulcers due to its active compounds gingerol and shogoal (17).
11. Eases Menstrual Pains
Ginger was found as effective as drugs in relieving menstrual pain (18).
12. May Inhibit Cancer Growth
Ginger contains active ingredients like Gingerol, pungent vallinoids and paradol which are found to be effective against Cancer cell growth (19) (20). Ginger may be effective in decreasing the risk for Pancreatic Cancer (21) and Ovarian Cancer (22).
13. Regulates Blood Sugar
In a study, when ginger powder was consumed orally it improved blood glucose levels and HbA1c levels of type 2 diabetic patients (23). Therefore ginger powder may be protective against problems and complications associated with diabetes.
14. Decreases Cholesterol Levels
Ginger is effective in decreasing the cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol (24). Ginger extracts have been found to reduce bad cholesterol levels (25).
15. Improves Brain Function
Ginger may improve brain function. A study on elderly women indicated that ginger extract lead to improvements in their cognitive functions like reaction time and working memory (26). There is some data that ginger can protect against drop in the brain function due to growing age (27) (28) (29).
16. Good for Cancer Patients
Ginger is helpful in relieving nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Studies have found the beneficial role of ginger in treating nausea and vomiting in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy (30) (31).
Ginger in Healthful Recipes…
Ginger is widely used as a spice and condiment. Ever thought you could use ginger as a main ingredient in your recipes? We have an array of recipes from which you can use ginger for its diverse health benefits.
As now you know ginger is great for a sore throat, you can use this magic ingredient in preparing Ginger Milk, it works as a home remedy for cough, cold and sore throat. Hot Ginger Water is an amazing home remedy for cold and is sure to warm your soul and make you feel better. Honey Ginger Tea is a good option on a rainy evening as it will help in relieving stress from work. Fresh Herbal Tea is just perfect to perk up your spirits when you are down with fever.
Monsoon is the perfect time of the year to make Fresh Ginger Pickle as the ginger is tender and at its aromatic best. Ginger Melon Juice is the best juice to have in summers due to its watermelon content and unique taste of ginger. You can have Ginger Hopper in breakfast to get the maximum benefits from its healthful ingredients. Jaggery Ginger Balls are a tasty antidote for stomach ache due to indigestion and flatulence.
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