Ginger For Digestive Health
Ginger has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal uses in the eastern countries of Asia and the Indian subcontinent. You may even use it as a spice when cooking.
Ginger is closely related to Cardamom and Turmeric in the plant kingdom. The root of the plant is what is typically used for cooking and for medicinal purposes.
The documented uses of Ginger for medicinal purposes are documented through many ancient texts. It was used for a host of issues.
Ginger contains small amounts of many micronutrients that are essential to good health. This would suggest that adding Ginger to a healthy diet will help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
The root also has potent anti-inflammatory properties due to the content of a chemical called gingerol, as well as the corresponding shogaols. (1) These compounds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and other effects.
Did you know that Ginger is useful for your digestive health? Ginger has been shown to be effective for a number of digestive issues. Let’s look at some of the issues you may not be aware of that using Ginger might help you naturally remedy.
Helps Relieve Nausea
Ginger is well known for being used to treat nausea. It has been studied for use by pregnant women to help relieve nausea in pregnancy- especially morning sickness. It has also been used as a natural remedy for seasickness.
There was a review published in 2014 of 12 studies of the use of Ginger in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. (2) The review concluded that “ginger could be considered a harmless and possibly effective alternative option for women suffering from the symptoms of NVP”.
Another study published in 2012 (3) looked at the effect of Ginger in relieving nausea in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The authors found that Ginger “significantly aids in reduction of the severity of acute chemotherapy-induced nausea in adult cancer patients”.
Based on this and other evidence of use it seems that Ginger is useful as a natural alternative for the relief of nausea.
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May Protect Against Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers are painful sores in the stomach lining that can have devastating effects for the person suffering from them. They cause pain and discomfort in the stomach, as well as things like acid indigestion and other problems. They may even result in what are known as bleeding ulcers, where the stomach lining is so damaged that the ulcer erodes into the blood vessels that supply the stomach and cause bleeding. This condition can be life threatening if not treated.
A 2011 animal (4) study looked at the protective mechanism of Ginger on the stomachs of rats. The study used aspirin to induce ulcers in the stomachs of the study animals. The study found that “both constituents of ginger showed protective effects against aspirin-induced gastric ulcers together with anti-inflammatory effects”.
May Help With Other Digestive Issues
Some digestive issues come about because of a delay in the emptying of the stomach. This can cause excess acid to back up into the esophagus, especially when lying down. It can also lead to uncomfortable feelings of fullness and stomach ache.
A study published in 2008 (5) looked at how long it took food to empty from the stomach with and without the use of Ginger. The study looked at 24 healthy human volunteers and found that Ginger decreased the time for the stomach to empty and that the effects could potentially be beneficial to those with gastric symptoms.
This amazing root is available for use in many forms. You can use it fresh for cooking, or you can purchase it in powder, capsule or essential oil forms. You can use the links in the body of the article to purchase my recommended forms of using Ginger.
Using the capsule form is a very convenient way to use it. Also, the essential oil of Ginger is one of the very few our sister site Aromatherapy would say is OK to take internally with certain precautions.
Whatever way you decide to use it, Ginger can be a very helpful addition to your natural arsenal for digestive health.