Here are a few of the many health benefits associated with ginger.
• Ease nausea
• Aid digestion
• Relieve cold and flu symptoms
• Relieve allergy symptoms
• Soothe sore muscles
Ginger is generally safe for most people. Some people may experience mild side effects including heartburn, diarrhea and general stomach discomfort. When ginger is applied to the skin, it may cause irritation.
Ginger has been used as a remedy for many complaints for centuries. Now researchers are exploring the possibility that ginger may be effective in treating certain modern conditions. Here are 10 wellness benefits of this herb, based on research we have reviewed.*
Alleviates motion sickness. Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for nausea associated with motion sickness. A study published in the medical journal The Lancet found that 36 men and women who were highly susceptible to motion sickness reported that taking ginger reduced or delayed motion sickness when they were spun in a tilting chair. A Danish study of 80 naval cadets prone to seasickness found that those given 1 gram of ginger powder suffered less in a four-hour period than those given a placebo.
Eases morning sickness. A review of several studies conducted by Italian researchers reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology suggested that short-term use of ginger may be effective in relieving nausea in pregnant women. (Pregnant women should always consult with their doctors before taking any remedy.)
Reduces muscle pain. Researchers at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville found that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger reduced muscle pain associated with exercise. Ginger reduced pain in those who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and muscular discomfort, according to a study conducted at Odense University in Denmark.
Calms an upset stomach. Ginger has long been used to ease indigestion. The University of Maryland Medical Center website recommends taking 2–4 grams of fresh ginger daily as a remedy for indigestion.
Fights symptoms of cold and flu. Chinese medicine commonly prescribes ginger to treat symptoms of colds and flu, according to Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines.
Relieves migraine headache pain. Researchers at Odense University speculate that ginger may offer effective relief for pain associated with migraine headaches. Ayurvedic medicine uses ginger for neurological disorders.
Soothes menstrual cramps. Ginger was shown to be as effective in soothing the pain of menstrual cramps as ibuprofen or mefenamic acid (commonly taken for menstrual pain), according to a study conducted in Iran and reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
May help manage Type 2 diabetes. In a study reported in the journal International Food Sciences and Nutrition, researchers in India identified ginger as having high potential for managing Type 2 diabetes.
May help to prevent colon cancer. Preliminary findings at the University of Minnesota Hormel Institute in Austin, Minnesota, suggest that ginger may slow the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
May be used to combat ovarian cancer. Early findings from a study at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center show that ginger may be associated with the death of ovarian cancer cells.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.