21 Uses For Ginger

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21 Uses For Ginger
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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an ancient medicinal spice that is valued for its wide range of possible health benefits. It’s consumed in different forms, such as juice, oil, powder, dried, or fresh. Ginger is rich in essential nutrients such as gingerol, magnesium, potassium, niacin, folate, phosphorous, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. [1] These nutrients facilitate several health benefits as shown below.


⦁ Anticancer Potential (Colon cancer, Ovarian cancer, Bowel cancer): Compounds in ginger such as gingerol have been shown to help prevent different types of cancer, including ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, gastric cancer, and pancreatic cancer. [2][3][4][5][6]

⦁ Alzheimer’s Disease: A study in the Journal of Drug Design, Development and Therapy suggests that ginger could help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. [7]


⦁ Diabetes: Ginger helps control diabetes and improve insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes. [8]

⦁ Obesity: Studies claim that ginger is a metabolism booster that accelerates weight loss in people with obesity. [9]

⦁ Anti-inflammatory Properties (swelling): Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds such as salicylate, caffeic acid, curcumin, capsaicin, beta-carotene, and pantothenic acid. [10]

⦁ Cardiovascular Disease: Ginger protects against cardiovascular disease by regulating hypertension, reducing the risk of blood clots, and lowering LDL cholesterol levels. [11]

⦁ Arthritis: The Arthritis Foundation recommends ginger as an alternative remedy to help manage arthritis – thanks to its ability to reduce pain, inflammation, and discomfort. [12]


⦁ Pain Relief (Migraines, toothache): Ginger is as effective as some pharmaceutical alternatives at managing migraines. [13]

⦁ Respiratory Health (cold and flu, cough, sore throat, and stuffy nose): Fresh ginger has antibiotic properties against infections cold, flu, and other respiratory tract infections. [14]

⦁ Digestive Health (heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, morning sickness): Ancient Chinese medicine used ginger to improve digestive health. [15]

Please note that this content should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] FoodData Central Search Results https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/.

[2] Ginger inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-7-44.

[3] 6-Gingerol inhibits osteosarcoma cell proliferation through apoptosis and AMPK activation https://doi.org/10.1007/s13277-014-2723-1.

[4] Nigam N. et al. 2009. [6]-Gingerol induces reactive oxygen species regulated mitochondrial cell death pathway in human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19481070.

[5] Zerumbone inhibits tumor angiogenesis via NF-κB in gastric cancer https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/or.2013.2842.

[6] Shamoto T. et al. 2014. Zerumbone inhibits angiogenesis by blocking NF-κB activity in pancreatic cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24622069.

[7] Faizul Azam. et al. 2014. Ginger components as new leads for the design and development of novel multi-targeted anti-Alzheimer’s drugs: a computational investigation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4211852/.

[8] Arzati, M. et al. 2014. The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, and Lipid Profiles in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5750786/.

[9] Beneficial effects of ginger Zingiber officinale Roscoe on obesity and metabolic syndrome: a review https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/nyas.13375.

[10] Chapter 7 The Amazing and Mighty Ginger https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/.

[11] Mazidi M. et al. 2016. The effect of ginger supplementation on serum C-reactive protein, lipid profile and glycaemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27806832.

[12] Health Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis https://web.archive.org/web/20190311031028/http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-ginger/.

[13] Maghbooli M. et al. 2014. Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930.

[14] Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2012.10.043.

[15] Ginger in gastrointestinal disorders: A systematic review of clinical trials https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/fsn3.807.

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