Ginger, the miracle spice. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. It was a precious commodity due to the spice trade. The spice was exported to Europe in the first century AD. Fragrant and hot, ginger is still one of the most used spices in Pakistan. Rich in bioactive compounds and nutrients, ginger has several health benefits.
Here is a list of some of the amazing health benefits of ginger.
Ginger speeds up workout recovery
It turns out that ginger, the antioxidant-packed spice long thought to bolster immunity, can also enhance your fitness by lowering inflammation and dulling pain in your muscles. The latest study of this root found that ginger speeds muscle-strength recovery after you lift weights. Previously, research revealed that ginger can tame exercise-induced inflammation and mute muscle pain caused by running or resistance training.
Ginger aids digestion
Ginger can work wonders for digestive health and soothe an upset tummy. The book, 'Healing Foods', says that ginger “protects and heals the gut, hastens the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract, and reduces wind, bloating and cramps. It also awakens the taste buds and gets digestive juices flowing.
Ginger can reduce bad cholesterol
The study showed that ginger can lower your total cholesterol and triglycerides levels, while a study conducted in 2008 showed that it can reduce your LDL cholesterol levels and boost your HDL cholesterol. You can take ginger as a supplement or powder or simply add, raw, to food.
Ginger revs up metabolism
A new study published in Metabolism suggests that including ginger in your morning meal can help boost metabolism and curb hunger. Researchers at Columbia University found a morning ginger “tea” with 2 grams of dried ginger powder was linked to reduced hunger and a post-meal boost in the metabolism of about 43 calories compared with the same breakfast and no ginger tea.
Ginger Reduces menstrual pain
Like other “warming” spices ginger has long been known for its anti-inflammatory effects and is often included in herbal remedies for pain relief. Now studies have shown that ginger may be effective for menstrual pain specifically.