Ginger has many medicinal health benefits including it’s use for various chronic pain, diabetes, fights and prevent various cancer, anti-tumor, good for heart, kidney, liver and brain health, prevent herpes, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol, useful in PMS, menopause symptoms, antiviral, detoxification and many more.
Nutritional value of ginger
- The biological name of zinger is Zingiber officinale.
- It is also know as Jengibre (Spanish), Gengibre (Portugese), Gingembre (French), Luya (Filipino), ZÃ¡zvor (Czech), Adrak (Hindi), Inji (Tamil), Inchi (Malayalam), Allum (Telugu), Adu (Gujarati), Ada (Bengali & Oriya), Ale (Marathi), Adrak (Punjabi & Urdu) in many households.
- It is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium.
- It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) and Manganese.
- A 100 g of ginger contains about 80 calories.
- It contain also Proteins, Water, Phytosterols, Dietary Fiber, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, vitamins (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Choline), and minerals (Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium).
Health Benefits of Ginger
1. Pain management
Ginger has natural pain relieving properties which makes it therapeutic for chronic pain . It helps by reducing sensitivity to painful stimuli and effective treatment for pain management.
In a study, aroma-massage therapy with ginger and orange oil have potential as an alternative method for short-term knee pain relief.
Ginger has effective anti-bacterial activity against multi-drug clinical pathogens and can be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases.
Gingerols, which are the major components of ginger, are known as to improve diabetes including the effect of enhancement against insulin-sensitivity and found useful in both types of diabetes. Taking ginger as dietary supplement act as anti-diabetic, enhances insulin synthesis and has potential for the treatment of diabetes, without increased risk of hypoglycemia.
Ginger has a beneficial effect on insulin resistance , an excess of glucose in the bloodstream(hyperglycemia) and excess levels of insulin circulating in the blood than expected relative to the level of glucose (hyperinsulinemia) associated with fructose consumption.
Study has found that within 3 months supplementation of ginger improved glycemic indices, Total antioxidands capacity and PON-1 activity in patients with type 2 diabetes.
In another study ginger has a beneficial effect on type 2 diabeties and useful remedy to reduce the secondary complications in type 2 diabetic patients.
4. Improve quality of life
In a recent study, a statistically significant change from baseline for health related quality of life was detected after ginger essential oil inhalation.
5. Useful in arthritis
Ginger is very useful in reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Study has found comparable efficacy of standardized Ayurveda formulation and hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HCQS) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Eases premenstrual syndrome symptoms(PMS)
Study indicated the ginger is effective in the reduction of severity of mood and physical and behavioral symptoms of PMS and suggested ginger as treatment for PMS.
7. Nausea relief
Ginger is effective remedy to provide relief from all types of nausea including pregnancy, travelling or motion sickness, seasickness and acute chemotherapy-induced nausea.
Study has found ginger supplementation at a daily dose of 0.5 g-1.0 g significantly aids in reduction of the severity of acute chemotherapy-induced nausea in adult cancer patients.
Study has show that ginger reduces the tendency to vomiting and cold sweating due to seasickness significantly better than placebo.
Study indicated that ginger may act as a novel agent in the prevention and treatment of motion sickness.
In another study, ginger is more effective than vitamin B6 for relieving the severity of nausea, and is equally effective for decreasing the number of vomiting episodes in early pregnancy.
8. Stomach disorders
Ginger is useful in gastrointestinal disorders due to its spasmolytic activity and useful in hyperactive states of gut like colic and diarrhea.
Study has found that ginger is effective treatment for epigastric fullness, epigastric pain, bloating, indigestion and promote gastrointestinal movement.
Study has found that ginger has positive effects on inflammation and muscle soreness induced by exercise. It also helps to relief pain associated with it.
Ginger has broad anti-inflammatory properties which helps to prevent and treat chronic inflammations.
Ginger contains some powerful antioxidants which not only provide protection against free radicals but also capable of modulating oxidative stress.
11. Useful for migraine headaches
Study has found that ginger compares favorably to the drug sumatriptan for migraine headaches, but with lower side effects.
12. Weight management
Studies has show that ginger consumption has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract. This enhances thermogenesis and reduced feelings of hunger with ginger consumption, suggest a potential role of ginger in weight management.