11 Benefits of Ginger

Posted by Katey Brigham on

Ginger is not just a palette cleaner that you eat after sushi.
It’s not just a tummy soother for when you’re sick.
It’s not just a flavor of tea.

Ginger is a flowering plant, a root, that has multiple health-promoting properties. It’s been seen as a powerhouse for thousands of years.

Here are some of the benefits/ reasons we decided to include it in our Focus Potion.

Let’s get into 11 Benefits of consuming ginger regularly.

1. Ginger has a positive effect on weight-loss

Ginger has been shown to have a positive effect on the hip to waist ratio. It has also been shown to reduce body weight in cases of obesity. We have seen this in humans and animal studies.

2. Ginger has a positive effect on bone health

Unexpected, but ginger has been shown to help those with osteoarthritis. Topically, when mixed with some other natural foods of the earth, has been shown to topically reduce stiffness and pain on the knee of people with Osteoarthritis. Taking ginger orally was also shown to reduce pain in those with Osteoarthritis in most of the patients within studies.

3. Ginger can reduce blood sugar levels

This is a plus for people who deal with high blood sugar all the time. In a study of over 40 participants, ginger was able to lower fasting blood sugar by 12%.

There is an active component of ginger called ginger rhizome and this has been shown to (without insulin!) improve the uptake of glucose going into muscle cells. This in and of itself can help manage higher blood sugar levels.

4. Ginger may reduce menstrual pain

A lot of women first use ginger for this reason. In fact, ginger has been shown to help just as much as NSAIDS during cramping in that specific time of the month. It’s also been shown to help just as much as placebos.

5. Ginger can help reduce heart disease risk markers

With heart disease so prevalent, this is incredibly important. Ginger has been shown to improve A1c, a hemoglobin that is a marker for blood sugar levels. Ginger has also been able to show a reduction (28%) in the ratio between Apolipoprotein B/Apolipoprotein A-I. It’s also been shown to reduce MDA (malondialdehyde- a byproduct of oxidative stress) by 23%.

6. Ginger can help chronic indigestion

Indigestion issues are a common complaint in the US’s medical system. What many don’t know is that emptying the stomach in a quick enough matter is a huge factor of indigestion. Ginger has been shown to speed up the emptying of the stomach. There has been proof in that even compared to those using placebos.

7. Ginger’s antioxidants are supportive in preventing disease

Ginger really is a powerhouse. Specifically the gingerol within ginger. Taking ginger everyday can help reduce signaling molecules that are pro-inflammatory- something you want to pay attention to to help keep the body healthy.

8. Ginger may improve cognitive function

Now, you knew there was a reason why ginger was in our brain blend. ;) Ginger has been shown to increase working memory and reaction time. It has even been shown to help the brain in specific cognitive function disorders.

9. Ginger can help fight bodily infections

Ginger can also help acutely. For one, ginger can inhibit growth in specific bacterial strains. Further studies are needed, but it may be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases.

It has even been shown to help reduce oral bacteria, which often resides in the gums.

10. Ginger may improve age-related decline of the brain

Specifically, ginger has been shown to potentially help with Alzheimer’s Disease- although more human studies are needed. Many alzheimer’s medicines work to actively keep down  acetylcholinesterase. Ginger has been shown to act similarly but with no side effects.

11. Ginger may help lower cholesterol

High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) is a huge link to heart disease. Ginger has been shown to help reduce LDL. Sometimes it can take as little as 45 days to see a difference. What ginger does is activates an enzyme that helps to increase the body’s use of cholesterol- essentially lowering it.

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