Zingiber officinale,  popularly known as ginger is a super plant whose root is chock full of all the goodies our body needs. Used as a spice or healing aid the inside of the root can be yellow, red, or white and has a 2 per cent of essential oil in the root popularly used as a  fragrance in soaps and beauty products. Ginger can be  consumed  fresh, dried as a spice, or made into tablets, capsules, and liquid extracts.

The benefits of ginger are varied but here are the top 7 reasons to consume ginger as a drink, supplement or spice in your food according to WebMD.

  1. Helps to  fight germs:  Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help our body ward off  or halt the growth of germs like E.coli, shigella, and SV.
  2. Fresh breath and healthy gums:  Active compounds in ginger called gingerols keep oral bacteria from growing. These bacteria are the same ones that can cause periodontal disease, a serious gum infection.
  3. Calms queasy stomachs: Ginger helps  calm nausea  especially during pregnancy by breaking up and getting rid of built-up gas in your intestines. It might also help settle seasickness or nausea caused by chemotherapy.
  4. Relieves indigestion:  Ginger before meals may make your system empty faster, leaving less time for food to sit and cause problems.
  5. Protects against disease:  Ginger is loaded with antioxidants  and  compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. They may help your body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy ageing.
  6. Curbs cancer growth: It’s believed  that bioactive molecules in ginger may slow down the growth of some cancers like colorectal, gastric, ovarian, liver, skin, breast, and prostate cancer. 7. Eases arthritis symptoms: Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which means it reduces swelling. That may be especially helpful for treating symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. You might get relief from pain and swelling either by taking ginger by mouth or by using a ginger compress or patch on your skin.


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