Ginger is a flowering plant, with a root that is commonly used as a spice, and is closely related to turmeric. Ginger may also posses medicinal properties as well. It has long been used as a remedy for things like nausea and upset stomach, to help fight against the flu, and as an anti inflammatory. It can be used in many forms, fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil. The active compound that is responsible for much of gingers medicinal properties is an oil called Gingerol.
Blood Sugar Regulation
One of the newer studies on the benefits of ginger is it's ability to help lower blood glucose levels. A study in 2015 found 2 grams of ginger powder helped reduce fasted blood glucose levels around 12%.
Ginger has a long history of being highly effective in combating nausea. In studies with pregnant women, as well as chemotherapy patients, ginger supplementation was shown to reduce feelings of nausea. This may be due to gingers ability to aid in proper digestion, with studies showing up to 25% faster emptying of the stomach when ginger was supplemented.
Something for the Pain
Showing anti inflammatory properties, ginger may help with muscle and joint soreness. This is effective when taken daily, and has shown results in both exercise induced soreness, as well as cases of osteoarthritis.
Help the body fight!
In test tube studies, ginger has shown to be effective in slowing the growth of certain bacteria, including some strains that were resistant to other drugs. It also shows signs of fighting fungal infections.
Ginger clearly has quite a few benefits, and is easily added to a daily supplement regimen. Here are a few products we carry containing ginger.
New Chapter Ginger Force is a whole-food and gently extracted Ginger with complementary Rosemary combined.
New Chapter's Zyflamend is a potent combination of herbal ingredients that is formulated to help reduce whole body inflammation. Containing ginger along with quite a few others, this product has a formula that puts it in the top of it's class for herbal anti inflammatory products.
Ginger is known to be a potent digestive aid, so Source Naturals chose to include it in their Digest Active. Along with other enzymes and herbs, ginger helps the body break down your meals so they don't slow you down.