[Below is my transcript of my video about ginger root benefits, along with supplemental information on the topic.]
Today, I’m going to share with you some information about a powerful nutritional herb and compound that is proven to be more effective at reducing pain than painkillers. It’s also been proven to be more effective at improving digestion than the top over-the-counter digestive medications, and it’s been proven to reduce your symptoms of nausea.
The medicinal health benefits of ginger are that profound, and hence why it’s been used for thousands of years.
3 Ginger Root Benefits
1. Relieves Pain
One of the top benefits of consuming ginger is it reduces inflammation, which we know is at the root of most diseases. A recent medical study published out of Denmark in The Journal of Arthritis found that if you consume just a small amount of ginger, it is more effective at reducing your pain symptoms and inflammation than painkillers given by general practitioners today.
Very similar to how capsaicin — one of the benefits of cayenne pepper — works to relieve pain, gingerol acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings. Again, similar to the initial intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper, ginger’s burn only lasts but a second, and researchers discovered that it “affects the pain pathways directly but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.”
In a study done at the University of Georgia, a daily ginger supplement reduced exercise-induced muscle pain in 74 participants by 25 percent. Ginger oil is also effective when taken by patients with pain associated with inflammation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, when 261 people with osteoarthritis of the knee took a ginger extract twice daily, they experienced less pain and needed fewer pain-killing medications than those who received placebo.
2. Improves Digestion
Ginger is also very very powerful in improving your digestive function. If you have any sort of intestinal inflammation, warning signs that you have GI inflammation — things like psoriasis or eczema, acne, any sort of skin blemishes, and basically any warning sign that you probably have inflammation in your digestive track — ginger has been proven to be very effective at reducing inflammation and also supporting your digestive system health.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology evaluated the gastroprotective activity of ginger essential oil in rats. Ethanol was used to induce gastric ulcer in Wistar rats; the ginger essential oil treatment inhibited the ulcer by 85 percent. Examinations showed that ethanol-induced lesions, such as necrosis, erosion and hemorrhage of the stomach wall, were significantly reduced after the oral administration of the essential oil.
Another incredible thing about ginger is it supports your digestion because of its prebiotics content, which is plant-based fiber that causes good bacteria to grow in your digestive tract.
3. Reduces Nausea Symptoms
Last but not least, ginger is very effective at reducing symptoms of nausea — so if you’re going to be flying or going on a boat all day and you get seasick, taking ginger is one of the best things you can possibly do. You can also acquire some ginger essential oil and rub that behind your ear to get this particular ginger root benefit.
A scientific review published in Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine evaluated the efficacy of essential oils to reduce stress and nausea after surgical procedures. When ginger essential oil was inhaled, it was effective in reducing nausea and the requirement for nausea-reducing medications after surgery. Ginger essential oil also demonstrated analgesic activity for a limited time — it helped relieve pain immediately after surgery.
How to Use Ginger Root
One of the things that I’ve done for patients over the years who have had arthritis, diabetes and other symptoms of inflammation is have them make ginger tea. Boil the green tea along with sliced-up ginger root for 30 minutes. It releases ginger root’s anti-inflammatory compounds, so drinking ginger green tea throughout the entire week can unlock all the wonderful ginger root benefits.
Also, sometimes I’ll break off a piece of ginger and throw it in one of my healthy smoothie recipes. It has some really good flavors, and it goes great with blueberries and peaches.
The other thing I’ll do with ginger root is grate it and put it in different dishes, especially when I cook an Asian dish. It works in a lot a dessert recipes, too — even things like pumpkin pie. When I make my raw pumpkin pie, I’ll add a little bit of ginger root in there as well to get ginger root benefits in each bite. Try my Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe and my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe, both of which contain ginger.
Last but not least, when I’m juicing at home using my veggie juicer, I include ginger. When juicing vegetables for perfect health, I strongly recommend that you include ginger to get all of those ginger root benefits plus some complex flavor. For instance, you can try my Orange Carrot Ginger Juice Recipe.
Get more of this super herb, ginger, in your diet. Medical science proves it; history proves it. Get more ginger in your diet and all the amazing ginger root benefits that help improve your overall health.