What’s in your herbal first aid kit? If the root vegetable ginger isn’t in there, here are a few reasons to consider keeping it around the house. If you’ve ever reached for a ginger ale when you felt sick to your stomach, it might be no surprise to you that ginger can have some satisfying health benefits. For starters, the root of the plant is actually what you ingest. It’s used to not only flavor beverages like ginger ale, but also to spice up dishes, and even to clean your palette after eating sushi. Additionally, it has some awesome properties that make it a great staple to keep around.
For thousands of years, ginger has helped relieve various types of pains. It’s been shown not only to help stomachaches and motion sickness, but also to alleviate other issues. You may find it helps with diarrhea, gas, and menstrual cramps. Ginger has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties, making it helpful for pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It eases general joint and muscle pain. It may even help with a migraine or headache.
There’s a substance in fresh ginger, called Gingerole, that may even help reduce your chance of infections. Raw ginger has even been shown to have possible anti-cancer properties.
Ginger is easy to add into to a diet plan. It can be found in various forms, including pickled, powder, supplements, and hot teas. Grated ginger can also be added to soups and stir fries.
Of course, as with anything, exercise caution and do not use ginger as a substitute for medicine prescribed to you by your doctor. Ginger can interfere with some medication, can raise insulin, and can act as a blood thinner. Check with your doctor regarding the safety of using it during pregnancy and if you have certain health issues. Keep in mind, a lower dose is usually recommended. In a day, the typical amount is 4 grams or less.
Once you’re approved to add this supplement to your diet, consider giving it a try. Add flavor and health benefits to your palette.