Ginger has a long history of health-giving properties including improved digestion, reducing sickness, fighting colds & flu. Ginger is a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Ginger can increase thermogenesis (burning stored fat to create heat) which increases overall metabolism and decreases fat storage.
Research suggests that consuming thermogenic ingredients such as ginger may boost metabolism by up to 5 per cent and increase fat burning by up to 16%. According to a recent review published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ginger may protect against many of the consequences of metabolic syndrome, one of which is weight gain.
Gingerol is the main bioactive component of ginger and is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Ginger helps to reduce the effects of exercise-induced muscle pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis can also be reduced by ginger. Again, associated with the anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels, especially important for control of diabetes and also decreases the risk of heart disease.
Ginger has been found to lower LDL lipoproteins (bad cholesterol), total cholesterol and blood triglycerides.
6-gingerol, in ginger, has been found to have anti-cancer properties.
The antioxidant anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger have been seen to reduce inflammatory responses in the brain and thus improve cognitive function, reaction time and working memory.
Gingerol can help lower the risk of infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and especially RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.
Ginger is known to reduce gastrointestinal (GI) irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and reduce gastric contractions allowing food to move the GI tract more freely.
Ginger is an excellent carminative, encouraging the elimination of excess gas from the digestive system reducing bloating.
Ginger is an effective pain reliever and is well known to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, the severe pain associated with the menstrual cycle.