Therapeutic benefits of ginger
The examples of scientific studies on ginger and its current or potential uses in medical treatment as follows:-
Inflammation of the colon
A study carried out at the University of Michigan Medical School found that Ginger Root Supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within a month.
Muscle pain caused by exercise
A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.
Nausea caused by chemotherapy
Ginger supplements administered alongside anti-vomiting medications can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea symptoms by 40%, a PhaseII/III study carried out at the University of Rochester Medical Center found.
A study found that exposing ovarian cancer cells to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test.
A team at Columbia University carried out a study to determine what effects adding specific components of ginger to asthma medications might have on asthma symptoms.
Liver damage caused by acetaminophen
Acetaminophen, known more commonly as “Tylenol” in the USA and “paracetamol” elsewhere, is a popular painkiller and antipyretic (reduces fever). However, acetaminophen is also associated with a higher risk of chemically-driven liver damage (hepatotoxicity), especially among patients with liver disorders.
High blood pressure (hypertension)
A study reported in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology5 found that cassumunar ginger extract was more effective than prazosin hydrochloride in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive laboratory rats.
Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
Ginger can help reduce the symptoms of pain in primary dysmenorrhea (period pains), researchers from the Islamic Azad University in Iran reported in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association
A study performed at the VALI-e-ASR Hospital in Iran and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that ginger powder is as effective in treating common migraine symptoms as sumatriptan. Sumatriptan is a common medication for migraine treatment (Imitrex, Treximet, Imigran, Imigran).
- Stomach upset
- Mouth irritation
How to eat Fresh Ginger
In hot tea – cut a hunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it. Add little honey and lemon.
Soup – Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy winter soups. Try this Indian-spiced carrot soup with ginger or this sweet potato soup with miso and ginger.
Indian-spiced carrot soup
With fish – on steam fish
In stir-fries – Almost every stir-fry could use a little grated or even minced ginger to spice.
In sweet things – Try steeping milk with ginger. Or try ginger hand pies or pumpkin pie with fresh ginger.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
Benefits of ginger – Health Benefits