Ginger, the digestive aid:
Ginger is known for ages for treating nausea and indigestion. It is also known to fight cold and flu. Its rhizome is used, either in fresh or dried form. It contains gingerol, a compound with anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
Health benefits of Ginger:
- Digestive aid:
It improves digestion to a great extent. Add it as a spice when cooking, to improve digestability of cooked food.
It reduces digestion time and helps in emptying the bowl. This makes it easy to eat and digest more, without any gastric problem.
- Treats nausea and vomiting:
It is very effective in treatment of nausea and vomiting. Drink a juice mixture of ginger and lemon with a dash of honey in it, in the morning with empty stomach. The results will be amazing.
Kashayam is very effective in treating indigestion and vomiting in kids and adults. Please see recipe here
- Treats morning sickness during pregnancy:
Take Ginger and lemon juice mixture with a dash of honey, in the morning with empty stomach. This will reduce morning sickness in pregnant women. You can also try kashayam.
- Treats infections:
It is helpful in treating infections including common cold and flu, as it has antibacterial properties.
It increases heat in body. Hence, it is very effective in fighting diseases due to cold weather or coolness in the body due to some foods or head bath.
- Reduces muscle pain and osteoarthritis pain:
Since it has anti inflammatory properties, its useful in reducing muscular and joint pains.
Heat mustard oil and when hot, put 4-5 small ginger pieces in it. Remove from heat. Apply warm oil (not hot) in the pain area to get immediate relief.
- Lowers blood sugar levels:
It lowers blood sugar levels significantly. This shows up in the HbA1c test for diabetes patients.
- Lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attack:
It helps lower cholesterol. So. risk of heart attack is significantly reduced.
- Relieves menstrual pain:
It helps relieve menstrual pain, experienced by women during periods.
- Fights cancer:
It contains anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties, which are very helpful in fighting cancer.
- Fights aging:
It is helpful in fighting age related alzheimer’s disease and keeps memory intact, even in old age.