Of all the natural products with incredible health benefits out there, ginger seems to be the most powerful. Besides the great nutritional profile, ginger offers numerous health benefits as well. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent, and has been used against numerous digestive problems for a long time.
Most of the health benefits of ginger can be attributed to the compounds it contains such as gingerols, capsaicin, salicylate, caffeic acid and beta-carotene. All these antioxidants can fight numerous health problems, while the compounds such as vitamin B6, calcium, iron and fiber strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health.
Here are some of the main health benefits of ginger:
Treats nausea, bloating and constipation
Ginger is rich in phenols, powerful compounds that can relieve digestive problems such as bloating and constipation. The root can boost your saliva secretion and the bile production as well, which will result in significantly better digestion.
Ginger is probably the best natural cure against vomiting. If you can’t stop vomiting no matter what, a cup of ginger tea or a small piece of the root can relieve the problem quickly.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which means it can reduce inflammation in your body and block pain as well. According to one study, it can help you against colon inflammation in only a month, which is better than all other options.
A powerful natural painkiller
If you must take something to stop your back, joint or muscle pain, take ginger instead of Ibuprofen. It is highly effective and will also treat the underlying problem.
Prevents colds and the flu
Drink a few cups of ginger tea every day in the winter to keep your immune system strong and avoid the seasonal viral infections.
Here’s a simple recipe for a ginger ale that can treat inflammation, migraines and different types of pain:
- 2 cups of ginger (chopped)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 limes
- A cup of mineral water
- Lime slices (for decoration)
Boil the water in a pot for about 10 minutes, then add the peeled ginger pieces and simmer the mixture on low heat for another 10 minutes. Now, leave the tea to cool down before mixing a cup of it with 3 parts of sparkling water. Add a few ice cubes in the drink as well as a bit of honey, then garnish with lime slices and enjoy.
This refreshing beverage is especially effective against migraines. Whenever your head feels like it’s going to explode, drink the mixture and the problem should be gone soon.