Top 10 Health Benefits of Ginger

October 29, 2013
(Last Updated On: March 18, 2018)

Ginger, with its strong and spicy aroma, has its own place in Filipino cuisine.  It may be used fresh or dried, powdered or pickled or in the form of juice or oil.  Ginger tea, the classic Filipino household favorite also known as ‘Salabat‘, is the most commonly used form given every time someone catches a cold or have an upset stomach.





Spicy, zesty and warm, ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help boost immunity by causing us to sweat.

According to the site World’s Healthiest Foods, studies show ginger seems to help people with arthritis. In other studies from the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan, ginger contains substances that also help protect against colorectal and ovarian cancers. And ginger’s ability to induce us to sweat helps fight flu and cold.

Here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Ginger

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1] Maintains Normal Blood Circulation.

  • Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

2] Remedies Motion Sickness.

  • Chewing on ginger could reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, and due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc. It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.

3] Prevent Morning Sickness. 

  • Some pregnant women may find ginger beneficial in preventing their morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.

4] Cold and Flu Prevention.

  • Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day

5] Fights Common Respiratory Problems.

  • Ginger’s antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. It is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds. A teaspoon of ginger juice with honey is effective against sore throat. And ginger tea is an all-time favourite to get rid of congestion in the throat and nose.

6] Anti-flatulence or Stomach Discomfort.

  • Calm in your upset stomach with ginger. Its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence. Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen.

7] Strengthens Immunity.

  • Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.

8] Remedy for loss of appetite

  • Fuel a dull appetite by eating fresh ginger just before you have your meal. Ginger can get your digestive juices going and increase your appetite.

9] Relieve headache

  • Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache. The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

10] Reduce menstrual pain

  • Ginger, when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women.

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Hopefully you’ve seen that it’s a good idea to add ginger to your list of things to buy on your next grocery trip. No matter what format you choose, whether you want to use ginger root in your meals, brew some ginger tea, or buy it in supplement form, you should be able to experience its many benefits.

Here’s list of Filipino Recipes that uses Ginger:

 




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18 Comments

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    arra odeza

    June 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this! very informative ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Maricel Fajardo

    June 29, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Thanks for the tip is so imformative now I know that ginger has many uses some says that also good for sorethroat.

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    BoLjak

    June 29, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Ginger Power

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    Eric Aparri

    June 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    WOW! thanks for this health tips ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anna

    June 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Maybe I should start eating ginger but I don’t really like it.

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    Rae Louis

    June 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    fresh ginger root is always in my kitchen.

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    Mia

    June 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    It is good to know all the ways that ginger is so helpful for good health.

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    Mary M.

    June 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I did not know ginger was good for so many things. I only knew about it being good for nausea, vomiting, etc.

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    Francesco Fiorino

    June 27, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I didn’nt know these benefits, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Vickie Mason

    June 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Ginger is wonderful. My Mom always made the best gingerbread.

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    Judith Albius

    June 26, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Great reviews! Very informative

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    Mona Verdida

    June 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Wow. Thank you for posting about info on ginger. I do drink them sometimes, but I never knew it has those many benefits on the human body. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    kathy downey

    June 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for this write-up i really enjoyed it,i only take herbs and spices for all my problem and do not believe in man-made drugs.

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    Marinela Diaz

    June 25, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard about fact #9. But I’ll try this since my husband always had bouts of migraine these past few days because of work. Thank you so much for the info.

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    Say

    June 25, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Very informative! Thanks for posting. Will share this..

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    phen salcedo

    June 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    ive been a constant visitor of these page for my weekly menu at home and of course party specials hehehe…thank you very much panlasang pinoy for helping a trying hard cook like me …lllove much and god bless

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    Joao

    June 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Ginger is also good in Vitamins with banana, lemon and. sugar.

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    April Farley

    June 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I know that ginger is wonderful for an upset tummy. That is why Mommies & Daddies have been giving their children ginger-ale to their children for years now. I did not know that it was an immune booster. Thank you for teaching me something new today!

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