Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is an herb that has a long list of medicinal properties. The benefits of ginger are many and…
Benefits of Ginger
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Ginger is an herb that has a long list of medicinal properties. The benefits of ginger are many and varied: it treats an upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment or post-surgery, loss of appetite, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, bronchitis, chest pain, lower back pain, and stomach pain. Suffice to say, cooking with ginger is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Here are 8 bulletproof reasons why you should cook with ginger:

A new study conducted in Thailand, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has linked ginger to improved cognitive function. The researchers say that ginger extract enhances both attention and cognitive processing capabilities of healthy, middle-aged women, with no side effects reported.

A quick, natural remedy to aching and tired muscles is to apply ginger essential oil as it improves circulation and blood flow, and in turn provides relief to your muscles.

Ginger tea can assist in alleviating bad period related cramps. A study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found ginger to be just as effective as ibuprofen for period relief.

Ginger is more effective than most over-the-counter motion sickness medications according to a Brigham Young University study. So the next time you’re feeling queasy on the road, in a plain or on a boat, try some ginger before opting for dimenhydrinate.

Many people pour fresh ginger juice on their skin to treat burns as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

The beauty benefits of ginger are four-fold: it improves your skin tone, lightens spots, fights acne, reduces cellulite, and gives your skin a healthy glow. The antioxidant found in ginger, gingerol, fights free radicals that damage skin, it promotes smoothness and evens out your complexion. Looking for the most potent ginger? Blue ginger from Madagascar has the most antioxidants of all gingers. Ginger is also known to lighten dark spots and fight acne, as it is both an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. The energizing quality of ginger is also believed to improve circulation and so is used in treatments to reduce cellulite. Lastly, ginger gives your skin a healthy glow, and the perfect way to achieve that glow is to add 2 tablespoons of chopped and microwaved ginger into your favorite body scrub.