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.
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.