Ginger, the super spice that has been used in cooking and traditional medicine for centuries, has been produced on the island of Sri Lanka for nearly 2000 years. Cut from the root of its plant, the spice can be found in a variety of kitchen staples, including candies, sodas, curries and wine, and is an essential ingredient to the recipes of several international cuisines.
So what are the health benefits of regularly consuming ginger, and how can you make sure you get your daily intake of the spice if it’s not already a part of your repertoire?
It May Help in Preventing the Development of Cancerous Cells
Our bodies constantly produce free radicals, which are unstable atoms that are thought to contribute to the development of cancer in our cells. One of the ways we can combat this instability is by consuming antioxidants, which work by neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals, and keeping our cells healthy.
The main bioactive compound in ginger is gingerol, a natural oil that possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gingerol is the primary medicinal component of the root, and the main reason that the spice may be a weapon in the fight against cancer. Studies have shown that ginger may be beneficial against a variety of cancers that include colorectal, pancreatic, liver, breast and ovarian cancers.
It May Help With Weight Loss
Studies have shown that adding ginger to one’s diet could help to reduce the body mass index (BMI) of obese individuals. It is thought to help in shedding pounds by increasing the number of calories that your body can burn, reducing hunger, or by reducing inflammation.
Ginger could also lower blood insulin levels, which is an important aspect of losing weight. Our bodies use insulin to signal whether to burn or store the excess fat we consume; by lowering our blood insulin, we can encourage our systems to burn the surplus of fat.
Consuming ginger as a tea is an easy way to add the spice to your diet and take advantage of its ability to help you in weight management. Nature’s Rare offers a Pure Ginger Brew that uses organically grown Ceylon ginger in conveniently packaged tea sachets. With absolutely no added colors, preservatives, or artificial flavors, the bright, citrusy notes of this Ceylon Ginger Tea are a delightful way to make use of the health benefits provided by this super spice. To make your brew even more potent, you can opt to flavor it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice; a cup of lemon and ginger tea is thought to help reduce the amount of fat stored in the body, in addition to being a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
It May Be Used To Treat Nausea
Ginger has long been known to be an effective way to suppress nausea, from general queasiness to travel sickness. It is most often recommended to pregnant women who deal with morning sickness, but you should consult your doctor before ingesting it in large amounts. Ginger is thought to work by increasing digestive responsiveness and removing gas that has built up in your intestines, which in turn can reduce the nausea you may be feeling.
It May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
There are two types of cholesterol in our systems: HDL (or “good” cholesterol) and LDL (“bad” cholesterol). LDL can cause inflammation in the walls of your blood vessels, as well as cause plaque to develop within your arteries, which slows down and blocks necessary blood flow to your heart. One of the ways that ginger can help protect your cardiovascular health is by lowering the levels of LDL in your blood.
Studies have also shown that ginger can lower blood sugar levels and improve the risk factors of heart disease in those with type 2 diabetes.
Add ginger to your diet today to take advantage of its several health benefits. Brew Nature’s Rare Ginger Tea for an easy and delicious way to improve your health.