NUTRITION

Why Consuming Ginger Is Great For Your Immune System

Ginger combats inflammation and has antioxidants that give your immunity a boost

Ginger also offers relief from nausea, indigestion and menstrual cramps

Consume ginger shots, ginger water or ginger capsules to improve your health

D
Dr. Deepak Singh
June 17th, 2021
7 mins read

Apart from being a widely used spice in India, ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years. In fact, this plant is key to traditional Chinese medicine, as well as Ayurveda. It is believed that even 2000 years ago, the health benefits of ginger were known, and it was widely used as a remedy to settle an uneasy stomach. The best part is that you can consume ginger fresh, dried and powdered, or in the form of an easy-to-eat capsule. Whichever way you choose to eat ginger, know that it does your health a world of good, especially your immune system. Here’s all you need to know. 

Ginger and your immunity

Chronic inflammation can compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to illnesses. However, as ginger is both anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants, it is an excellent immunity booster. What’s more, ginger is rich in antibacterial and antiviral properties too. This is another way in which its boosts your body’s immune response, making it doubly beneficial.

Other health benefits of ginger

The health benefits of ginger are innumerable. Take a look at the ways in which it benefits you in addition to boosting your immunity. 

Ginger water benefits nausea 

If you’re suffering from nausea or morning sickness, turn to the mighty ginger to get instant relief. While it may not be helpful if you’re vomiting, sipping on ginger water benefits those feeling nauseated immensely, especially those who are suffering from nausea as a result of chemotherapy. That said, if you are pregnant, you should consume ginger in moderation, and only once you consult with your doctor. This is because it could be harmful to those who are in the final stages of pregnancy or have had miscarriages in the past.

Ginger powder benefits blood sugar   

Those who suffer from diabetes can definitely benefit from adding ginger powder to their diet. Studies suggest that consuming just 2g of ginger powder everyday can bring down blood sugar levels by 12%. A 2019 study also found that consuming ginger helped lower HbA1c in those suffering from type 2 diabetes. 

Ginger lowers the risk of cancer 

If free radicals aren’t controlled within the human body, they multiply and lead to cellular damage. This in turn can culminate in several conditions, one of which is cancer. As mentioned earlier, ginger is a rich source of antioxidants. This means that it lowers oxidative stress within the human body by combatting free radicals. As a result, it lowers your risk of suffering from cancer. This is especially true for colorectal cancer, as per recent studies.

benefits of ginger 

Additional Read: List of Superfoods That Can Help Boost Immunity

Ginger benefits for women’s health 

One of the key health benefits of ginger is that it helps relieve pain that women experience while menstruating. Astonishingly, a 2009 study found that ginger was as effective in treating menstrual cramps as anti-inflammatory drugs, especially when taken during the first 3 days of one’s menstrual period. 

Ginger may prevent brain degeneration 

Studies indicate that both oxidative stress and chronic inflammation negatively impact brain function and are the primary causes of Alzheimer’s. Ginger is a single ingredient that combats both inflammation and oxidative stress. Studies have shown that consuming ginger regularly can protect you from age-related decline in brain function. Moreover, animal-based studies suggest that ginger prevents inflammatory responses from occurring in your brain. Therefore, it is possible that ginger can help address Alzheimer’s. 

Ginger helps with indigestion 

Indigestion is often caused by the delayed emptying of the stomach. One of the health benefits of ginger is that it offers quick relief in such cases, by speeding up the emptying of the stomach. Studies conducted on people suffering from indigestion as well as those not suffering from indigestion found that ginger was helpful in both cases. It helped empty the stomach in both sets of subjects quickly. 

Ways to add ginger to your diet

If you don’t know how to up your intake of ginger, here are some suggestions. 

Ginger capsules: The simplest way to increase your intake of ginger is to eat a capsule. However, it’s best that you consult with a doctor before you do so. He/she will tell you how much ginger you can safely eat in a day based on your health condition and existing medication. 

Ginger shots: A ginger shot benefits your body in the same way as ginger juice benefits your body—both offer the goodness of ginger in a concentrated manner. While some recipes feature only fresh ginger juice, others include honey, for instance. If you’re looking to make a ginger immune booster shot, combine it with ingredients that also bolster your immunity, such as lemon and turmeric. 

Ginger dressings: If a ginger shot is too strong for your palate, try eating salads with a ginger dressing. You can either add fresh ginger or dried ginger, depending on what you prefer. Either way, it will give your body a healthy boost. 

Ginger water: One of the most palatable ways to add ginger to your diet is to make a ginger water or ginger tea. Instead of simply adding ginger slices to water, heat the two ingredients together. Ginger water benefits multiply when you steep the ginger in hot water, as this process encourages the ginger to release beneficial compounds.  

Ginger is an excellent home remedy for many ailments. However, if you relief or if you want specific information about a certain aspect of ginger, such as ginger benefits for men, consult a doctor. Find the right doctor for your needs, be it a general practitioner or a nutritionist on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an online doctor consultation or in-person appointment and also enjoy special discounts from select healthcare providers. 

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