Ginger is a widely used herb that has amazing health benefits. It is part of the same plant family as turmeric and although it is often used as a spice in the kitchen, it’s known as one of the most useful medicinal herbs for a variety of treatments.
5 major health benefits of ginger:
- Relieves Nausea and Motion Sickness
One of ginger’s best-known uses involves reducing the sensation of nausea and motion sickness. It’s an age-old remedy that has since been studied many times to prove its effectiveness.
- Helps with Indigestion
Ginger stimulates the flow of saliva and increases gastric emptying, which helps to relieve indigestion. It’s also an excellent herb to use when cooking because it helps to prevent bloating when taken with large meals.
- Boosts your immune system
This herb helps fight against bacterial infections. I’ll often recommend it in a tea form for patients with some added lemon and honey. It’s delicious, warming and will help your body fight off a cold!
- Aids in arthritis and pain management
Ginger has anti-inflammatory actions that help to reduce pain and swelling in conditions such as arthritis. It’s a great option because it allows symptom relief without the side effects seen with many pharmaceutical drugs.
- Reduces blood sugar levels
Ginger has been shown to have anti-diabetic properties. It works by lowering blood sugar levels through enhanced insulin sensitivity and may help to improve risk factors in heart disease.
Pro tip: I often advise patients to include ginger in their smoothies in the cold winter months to help boost their immune system and add a little warmth to their morning routine. Remember, smoothies don’t always have to be made icy cold with frozen fruit. Try making one at room temperature with spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cayenne!
*Not all dietary plans are appropriate for every patient so please see a Naturopathic Doctor to make sure that they are safe and effective for you!
Dr. Kyla Buten is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vancouver, BC who loves treating children, digestion and skin conditions – and does a lot of work with women’s health at BodaHealth.