Ginger is well known as an aid to digestion, but this wonder of the spice world has many other healing properties besides (not to mention being delicious in food and drink).
Here are eight more reasons you should be including it in your diet.
1. It maintains normal blood circulation
Ginger contains magnesium, chromium and zinc, all of which can help to improve blood flow as well as prevent chills, fever and excessive sweat.
2. It helps your body absorb nutrients
By stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion, ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body.
3. It helps with motion sickness
A study of naval cadets by Danish scientists found that those given ginger suffered a lot less from sea sickness than those who didn’t have it.
4.Prevents colds and flu
Ginger has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a natural remedy for colds and flu. To treat symptoms, steep two tablespoons of grated ginger in a mug of hot water three times a day.
5. Aids stomach pain
Apart from helping your stomach absorb nutrients better and therefore avoid indigestion, ginger appears to reduce inflammation in the stomach in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen.
6. Colon cancer prevention
According to a study by the University of Minnesota, ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
7. Fights respiratory problems
Common respiratory problems such as coughs can be aided by ginger because it is a natural expectorant. This means it expands your lungs, breaks down mucus and loosens up phlegm.
8. Strengthens immunity
Ginger is fantastic for your immune system. A little bit of ginger every day can cut the risk of stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from your arteries and combatting bacterial infection in the stomach.