If there were a dietary dream team, ginger would be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Delicious, versatile, and packed with health benefits – overlook this spicy root at your nutritional peril!

Fresh, dried or powdered into tea, ginger is great for the brain, the body and in fighting disease. Let’s take a look at exactly how you can use it to supercharge your day.


Helps aid digestion

The digestive system is very complex and in order for it to work it requires sufficient levels of nutrients and antioxidants.

Ginger has both a high concentration of antioxidants and supplies various beneficial nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B-6.

Ginger also enhances the absorption of vitamins and minerals, making it a quick remedy for nausea or indigestion.

People suffering from chronic indigestion have used ginger to ease symptoms. Ginger works in this case by delaying the emptying of the stomach, in fact just 1.3 grams of ginger has shown to accelerate the emptying of the stomach by a whopping 50%!


Works as an anti-inflammatory

Osteoarthritis and other similar conditions can slow us down. Caused by the degeneration of joints as we age, it’s a really common ailment.

Thankfully, ginger has been shown to help. Indeed many studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger result in reduced pain in patients suffering from a whole host of degenerative conditions including arthritis.


Treats nausea and morning sickness

Ginger has been used as an effective medicine far longer than the lifespan of modern medicine, which itself is now providing explanations as to exactly why this super root is so effective.

Used to treat sea-sickness, ginger’s nausea-preventing powers are used to this day to relieve symptoms.

Firstly, it has been shown that as little as 1g of ginger is effective at preventing nausea and vomiting in postoperative patients.

However, ginger may be most effective as a treatment for pregnancy-related nausea, studies have found.

A review of studies on the effects of ginger on this subject concluded that ginger significantly improved symptoms of nausea compared to a placebo, however it does not necessarily help with episodes of vomiting.


Protects against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain caused mostly by the ageing process.

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can heavily impact the speed at which this occurs. 

Luckily, ginger comes to the rescue again as a hybrid containing both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Keeping your brain active is also key to helping prevent such diseases. Ginger can be a massive help in doing so, as it’s shown to improve reaction time and working memory.


Reduce muscle pain and soreness

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers, pain relief is not limited to the treatment of osteoarthritis. 

Daily consumption of ginger can also result in a large reduction of muscle pain and soreness from everyday exercise and exertion.

Of course, a dose of ginger isn’t going to instantly relieve pain at the time of suffering, but taking a daily supplement will soothe the day-to-day build-up of any aches and pains you might experience.

For an efficient way to keep topped up on ginger, combined with a second super root in the form of turmeric, pick up some raw turmeric & ginger shots at The Turmeric Co.’s online store today.

Thomas Robson-Kanu

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