Ginger is among the most often used and popular spices in the world, particularly in countries in Asia. While it is called ginger root, it is not really a root, but a rhizome, which is essentially a plant stem. It is related to other foods like cardamom and turmeric.
Ginger is most commonly found in a number of Asian dishes and baked goods, but you can also add it to your juice in the morning to kick-start your day.
Below we give you seven good reasons why you should find time to drink ginger juice each day.
1. Boosts your immunity
If you are susceptible to flu and colds, perhaps it is high time to bolster your immune system. And we are not talking buying over-the-counter medications, but rather a healthier and more natural alternative.
Add ginger juice to your diet and it will improve your health as it contains antibiotic properties, facilitates blood circulation, and it will strengthen your overall health.
2. It lowers the risk of cancer
A number of studies have found that ginger can avert the development of cancer, and even battle this disease, especially ovarian cancer. Several studies have proven that ginger combats cancer cells in the ovary.
3. Helps patients with IBS
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a vexing condition, but luckily ginger can help alleviate its symptoms, which is just another reason to include it in your juice, tea…
4. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s
According to one study, consuming ginger in any form every day can prevent the deterioration of your brain cells, which is basically a symptom of Alzheimer’s.
5. It helps you build up an appetite
Ginger works as an appetite stimulant and suppressant. As an appetite stimulant, it helps the stomach release more acid, while as a suppressant, it promotes a healthy weight loss by burning more fat, thus making you feel sated for longer.
6. Can help relieve pain
Fresh ginger juice is known for containing anti-inflammatory properties, thus serving as a natural painkiller.
If you mix a spoonful of ginger with some olive oil and massage on affected areas, it can be an effective medicine for back pain. Just leave a compression overnight on painful areas and you should feel relieved the following morning.
It can also ease throbbing headaches and toothaches. For the latter, keep a small piece of ginger between the inside of your cheek and the aching tooth.
For a migraine, on the other hand, drink two tablespoons of ginger juice with some honey, or you may even apply some ginger juice on your stomach if you have a sinus headache.
7. Manages glucose levels and cholesterol
Acclaimed health writer Michael Castleman writes in his book ‘The Healing Herbs’ that some compounds in ginger can ease hypertension and high blood pressure.
By averting blood clots from being formed in the arteries and blood vessels it helps regulate blood pressure.
Castleman claims that the chemical components in ginger aid in the overall regulation and lowering of blood cholesterol levels as well as low density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) which can lead to the development of heart disease.
The recommended dose is at least a tablespoon of fresh ginger twice a day, but be sure to consult your physician first.