5 Of The Biggest Health Benefits Of Ginger

by | Jul 23, 2018

We’re already a fan of this super root when it comes to spicing up stir fries, but did you know that ginger has plenty of uses that go beyond the delicious? From reducing period pain to settling sore stomachs – here are five of the biggest, science-backed benefits of ginger. 



1. It can help significantly reduce period pain

Dysmenorrhea – AKA period pain – is caused by the release of hormones when the uterus lining is shed. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger were found to significantly reduce this pain, and act as a natural alternative to taking ibuprofen. 

2. It helps improve brain function

Research has found that ginger can help protect against the cognitive decline that results from inflammation. It has also been proven to improve the brain function of middle aged women.

3. It helps with nausea

Long used as a seasickness treatment, ginger has been proven to help ease nausea and upset stomachs. Ginger is an effective, safe and natural treatment, especially for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness or cancer patients undergoing chemo.

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4. It reduces muscle pain and soreness

This may come as a surprise to some, but the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties in ginger help to reduce muscle pain and soreness. However, don’t expect results immediately – ginger is more effective for reducing the day-to-day progression of pain rather than as an instant cure.

5. It can help with chronic indigestion

Ginger has also been found to help empty the stomach faster, a major factor for those suffering from chronic indigestion. The gingerols and shogaols in ginger help settle the tum and can also be used to help treat other stomach inflammations.

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.