Produced in India, the Caribbean, China, West Africa and Southwest Asia, ginger is a perennial plant that is mostly used in cooking. It has natural essential oils and it gives a strong, pungent smell and your
dishes a great flavor. But did you know that it’s more than just an ingredient in your food? It also has various health benefits that you should read about.
1. Aids digestion
Eating ginger can help you digest your food easily after a heavy meal. That’s because it has a whole lot of benefits wrapped into it. It cleanses the colon, clears gas, increases the production of digestive juices and helps in bowel movements too. All this combined will of course make you digest your food quite easily.
2. Treats cold and cough
With antiviral, antifungal and antitoxic properties all bundled in a small piece of ginger, these can help in preventing and treating cold, cough and congestion. Ginger is also useful in preventing and treating flu. In fact, in Ayurveda and naturopathy, ginger has been the traditional medicine to treat cold and cough.
3. Heals an upset stomach
If you have a stomach upset, ginger will be a helpful remedy for you as it has analgesic and sedative properties. It is also used in healing severe stomach problems like dyspepsia or colic and diarrhea.
4. Helps in treating gallstones
Ginger can also help in treating gallstones as it helps the bile torelease from the gall bladder. Thus, after some time the problem of gallstones can be solved.
5. Prevents some types of cancer
Ginger or more specifically ginger extracts can inhibit the growth of many types of cancer cells. For starters, it prevents constipation related cancer, prevents the growth of prostate cancer-inducing enzymes, causes the death of lung cancer cells and prevents the growth of colon cancer. It also kills breast cancer cell lines, gastric cancer cells and inhibits ovarian cancer cell growth. Wait, there’s still more. It stops the spread of lung, kidney, skin, leukaemic and pancreatic cancer cells
6. Reduces pain and swelling
Ginger is a quite powerful painkiller and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. This reduces the pain caused by wounds and infections. Moreover, it can also reduce arthritic pain.