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Healthy Living 5 health benefits of Ginger

Ginger can help prevent many common health ailments and infections because of it’s antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

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It is common to find a little bit of ginger in a Ghanaian meal. It’s one of the spices we love to use and perhaps if you knew about the many medical benefits of eating ginger you will add a lot more ginger to your meals.

However, it is important to measure the amount of ginger you take, especially if you are drinking it as tea. Eating ginger raw or drinking it as tea is most effective, however, do not drink more than three cups of ginger tea a day, it can have adverse effects on your body if you over do it.

From nausea to inflammatory issue, ginger is of used to provide some relief.  Here are a five ways ginger can improve your health.

1.  Boosts your immune system

Ginger contains antioxidants that helps prevents colds. It also helps lessen the duration of a cold. In addition, your body is able to get rid of toxins faster as ginger helps break down the toxins in your body. The chromium, zinc and magnesium in ginger aids the immune system to fight against diseases.

Ginger can help prevent many common health ailments and infections because of it’s antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

2. Eases menstrual cramps

If you have a painful period, you might want to try drinking some ginger tea. Ginger tea helps the muscles to relax, which reduces cramps associated with periods.

3. Improves blood circulation

Ginger has amino acids which helps in increasing blood circulation and decreasing the possibility of cardiovascular diseases. When your blood circulation is improved, key nutrients, minerals and oxygen is spread throughout the body more efficiently. Also, improved circulation promotes cell growth and healthy organ function.

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4. Acts as pain reliever

Gingerol, a key compound found in ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that helps block the chemical COX-2 produced in the body that creates the sensation of pain. Drinking ginger tea is good for those who suffer from migraines and other bodily pains.

5. It helps fight nausea and digestive tract illnesses

Active properties like volatile oils and phenol compounds in ginger help relieve an upset stomach. Also, ginger is famously known for its ability to ease nausea.

By Eyram Kuwornu

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