Native to India, ginger is the happiness of all the cooks of this world. But besides its delicious taste, you should know that medicinal ginger (Zingiber officinale) has many therapeutic benefits. Here are a few.
- Improves digestion Several studies have been conducted and have shown that ginger helps maintain the intestinal flora. As with other spices, ginger stimulates the secretion of bile and the activity of various digestive enzymes. As a result, digestion is faster.
- Is an anti-nausea (antiemetic effect). Among its benefits, note the ability of ginger to limit vomiting, especially those that appear with motion sickness. It would be thanks to its phenols present in the resin that ginger would have this ability to disable the mechanism causing nausea.
- Full of antioxidants About 40 antioxidants have been found in ginger, compounds that protect the body’s cells from damage by free radicals. It has been proven that some of these antioxidants will resist heat and will be released during cooking. This would explain that the antioxidant activity of cooked ginger increases.
- Acts on inflammations. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, at least some of its constituents, have been highlighted for a long time. Among these compounds are especially gingerols, schools, and parasols. The consumption of ginger would, therefore, act positively in the fight against the pain related to arthritis. It should be noted that studies complementary to those already carried out are necessary before concluding to a real and definitive effect.
- Acts on gastrointestinal rubles. The ginger rhizome contains active ingredients that have a sedative action on the gastric mucosa. This is why the plant is particularly effective in gastritis and gastrointestinal disorders (bloating, abdominal pain).
- Acts against diabetes. According to a recent scientific study, it has been shown that there is a beneficial effect linked to the consumption of 3 g of ginger powder for 8 weeks in individuals with type 2 diabetes. The ginger extract would, in fact, decrease the fasting blood glucose levels in addition to improving insulin resistance.
- Ginger will also have toning properties and anti-bacterial action.
- A natural aphrodisiac? One of the virtues that are often attributed to ginger is that of being a powerful aphrodisiac. If the reputation of the plant is great to boost the intimate life of lovers, there is actually no serious scientific study that corroborates.