Nutritionist Alix Woods shares five health-boosting benefits of ginger
New research has found that ginger stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva which can break down foul-smelling substances. But that’s not all that’s great about ginger. This ‘superfood’ is associated with a number of health benefits – from promoting fresh breath to better after-taste qualities and much more.
Here are five reasons to include more ginger in your diet:
- Anti-nausea support – ginger has long been known to support various digestive symptoms, such as nausea, indigestion and bloating. Studies report that the root eases morning sickness in pregnancy and helps to relieve nausea in general.
- Pain relief – ginger has anti-inflammatory properties from ‘gingerols’, the active antioxidants which have been found to reduce arthritic, joint and muscular pain.
- Support weight loss – ginger has the ability to burn fat, triggering thermogensis which might be helpful if you’d like to shed a few pounds.
- Balance blood sugar – ginger helps regulate insulin and the breakdown of carbohydrates (glucose) and fats, which can help to maintain blood sugar and energy.
- Lower cholesterol – studies have shown that by taking 3g of ginger powder daily, LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced.
Easy ways to consume more ginger
One of the easiest ways to increase your ginger intake immediately is to take a supplement. Here are two which are relatively new to the market:
Sense for Joint & Bone
As well as ginger, this formula contains numerous superfoods, such as rosehips and bananas, which are both said to help prevent joint damage and inflammation. It also contains turmericto help bone healing and formation and offer protection from joint and bone-related disorders.
Liquid Health Digestive Care
This unique combination of ginger, bladderwrack, aloe vera and marine collagen (alongside other powerful ingredients) has been designed to help support the body’s defence and immune systems – and could prevent you from catching that winter cold! Liquid supplements are highly concentrated and often contain more ingredients than if you were to take lots of different pills. The liquid form is easier and quicker to absorb too.