Ginger is one of those seasonings that add something special to anything it’s in. Whether ginger is the dominant flavor, like in gingerbread, or whether it serves as that intriguing hint of spice in a stir fry or stew, it offers a nice combination of sweet and spicy that pleases the palate. But surely something that good must be used in moderation, right? Nope. Turns out, daily consumption of ginger offers all sorts of health benefits. Even if you don’t like the flavor, you may want to start taking supplements.
- Manage acid reflux: Acid reflux, otherwise known as heartburn, is a painful condition that may have you reaching for an over-the-counter medication to relieve your symptoms. Some of the active substances in ginger are used in heartburn medicines because of ginger’s anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea capabilities.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: another way that ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects can help relate to your joints. Swollen joints limit the range of motion and cause intense chronic pain. The substance in ginger that researchers think reduces inflammation is called gingerol, and it is present in large quantities in the root. Certain studies have also found that ginger is as effective as ibuprofen in reducing joint pain. In fact, researchers determined in 2015 that osteoarthritis sufferers could even relieve pain topically by applying a cream or ointment that contains ginger.
- Improved skin: Ginger may also be great for your skin, but you don’t necessarily have to apply it topically to see the results. The fact that ginger is so good for digestion has a corollary effect on how your skin looks because food that sits in the digestive system for too long can create toxic byproducts that manifest in problems like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
- Beat the cancer odds: There is significant hesitation among doctors to recommend holistic or homeopathic treatment for cancer, but doctors at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have reported the finding that ginger is a powerful weapon against cancer cells.
It has many other benefits such as improving digestion, less painful and frequent headaches, weight loss, control blood sugar, fight infection