Consume Less Gingerly

23rd August 2019

Not only can ginger add a punchy flavour to your meals, but this fragrant spice can also provide the body with numerous health benefits. Ginger has been used for centuries to assist with a range of health woes. Here are seven reasons why you should consider adding more to your diet…

1. Digestion dilemmas prevented

Ginger is a versatile spice brimming with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s effective in treating chronic indigestion and associated symptoms of wind and stomach pain. It can help stimulate digestive juices and regulate stomach acid levels.

2. Luscious locks

One of the reasons for hair loss and poor hair quality can simply be reduced circulation to the scalp, meaning fewer nutrients are available to the hair follicles. Spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cayenne can all stimulate circulation.

3. Deter sickness

Ginger is a well-known remedy for nausea. Studies report that the root eases morning sickness in pregnancy and helps relieve nausea in general. The way it works is not yet fully understood; however, experts believe that compounds in ginger may work in a similar way to anti-nausea medications.

4. Help your heart health

Ginger has been proven to be cardioprotective as it lowers LDL cholesterol and tryglycerides in the blood. Ginger may also help lower blood pressure.

5. Soothe stiffness in joints

‘The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can ease osteoarthritis associated symptoms of joint pain and stiffness, as well as deterring muscular pain,’ explains Nutritionist Alix Woods. To get your daily dose of ginger, you can take a supplement like Joint & Bone Vitamin & Superfood Powder (£21.99, Boots). This powder contains numerous other superfoods including rosehip and bananas, which all help prevent joint damage and inflammation.

6. Beat bad breath

Even after brushing your teeth, are you still concerned about bad breath? Ginger could help prevent this: new research has found that ginger stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva, which can break down foul-smelling substances.

7. Maintain blood sugar

Ginger helps regulate insulin and the breakdown of carbohydrates (glucose) and fats, which helps to maintain blood sugar and energy. Ginger has even been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels and help regulate insulin response in people with diabetes.

Ginger use is safe for most people. However, you may need to limit your intake if you’re prone to low blood pressure or if you’re taking blood thinners. Always consult your GP.

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