Top reasons to take Ginger

Author: Corinne Bett   Date Posted:26 August 2015 

Ginger the Great is poised and ready, to conquer a multitude of ailments! No longer is this amazing herb confined to your kitchen. Although it has been used since ancient times for a variety of health concerns, today, it is being used widely in the western world and for good reason.

Here are the top 10 reasons you should be using and or taking Ginger today:

  1. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and may help relieve inflammatory conditions. The Gingerols in ginger are some of the active plant chemicals responsible for this action, and for this reason it may be used for a variety of conditions including mild osteoarthritis and other inflammatory pain such as muscular and menstrual pain.
  2. Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and the bioactive gingerols and shogoals in the ginger aid in its ability to scavenge free radicals throughout the body, which may help protect against oxidative damage.
  3. Ginger helps relieve mild osteoarthritis pain and the symptoms of mild osteoarthritis such as muscular pain, swollen and aching joints. Ginger may also enhance the mobility of the joints, which means you can keep active for longer!
  4. Ginger assists to stimulate circulation, and has been used for many years to warm the body, joints and muscle. It can also help to maintain peripheral circulation, and warm those cold hands and feet.
  5. Ginger can help reduce the incidence of motion sickness and has been clinically shown to reduce the incidence of sea sickness and the associated nausea and vomiting. It can also be taken as a prophylaxis before that big car or boat trip.
  6. Ginger helps with morning sickness by aiding in relieving pregnancy related nausea and vomiting.
  7. Ginger can help alleviate menstrual pain, cramping and heavy menstrual bleeding in young women.
  8. Ginger may mitigate migraine headaches, and can reduce the incidence and severity of those nasty migraines.
  9. Got some gas, well ginger soothes digestion and has an antispasmodic effect on the body which may help to calm digestive upset, bloating, colic and digestive spasm.
  10. Ginger has traditionally been used to aid digestion and acts as a gastrointestinal tonic. It can also ease flatulence, intestinal gas and indigestion.

With all of these top reasons to take ginger, Ginger is definitely the supplement to keep in the cupboard for those times when you could really use the help of a herb on your side.  

Written by Corinne Bett

Corinne spent her childhood helping her mother and grandfather in the garden grow various herbs and vegetables. This sparked a great interest in herbal medicine and nutrition in later life, and a passion for a wholefood diet. As a Naturopath today, she likes to empower others to utilise food as medicine, and live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In her spare time she like to spend time in nature bushwalking and swimming, adventuring in far and exotic places, and dreaming about what kind of dog she might like to have one day.