Remember when you had a cough or cold and your grandmother would brew a ‘kadha’ for you? It might not be a treat for your tongue, but you did feel better once you had it. Don’t deny it. The magic ingredient there was ginger. Ginger, since ages, has been used for its medicinal properties. With its abundant health benefits, it can be used for various other things you might not be aware of. Take a look.
Which Are The Nutrients Found In Ginger?
What Can Ginger Help Cure?
Ginger really helps with digestion. It helps increase motility through the digestive tract, which suggests that it can help prevent colon cancer and constipation.
Nausea – caused due to motion sickness, pregnancy, or during the cancer treatment can be curbed by chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea.
A study at the University of Georgia found out that ginger is a great painkiller. It helps reduce menstrual pain and can soothe post-workout muscle pain by 25 percent.
It improves your heart’s health. Ginger subdues bad cholesterol, lowers the risk of blood clotting, and maintains blood sugar levels.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is being used for centuries to treat inflammatory conditions associated with osteoarthritis.
How Can You Include Ginger In Your Diet?
Ginger is one of the very common kitchen ingredients found in Indian homes. But since it is consumed in such small amounts, its benefits cannot be fully reaped.
Here are some tasty ways to use this flavourful spice –
Add some steep peeled fresh ginger to boiling water for ginger tea.
Add fresh ginger to your smoothie or juice
Make a salad dressing with fresh ginger
Mix some dried or fresh ginger in soups or curries
Things To Keep In Mind
Over-consumption for anything is bad, and ginger is no exception. High intake can cause acid reflux, irritate the mouth, and even cause diarrhea. People who have diabetes, blood clotting, gallstones, or are pregnant should consult their doctor before increasing their intake of ginger.