Most of us know ginger as an ingredient to use when cooking. But did you know that ginger is actually considered a superfood based on its powerful healing abilities within the body? Today we will be teaching you all about this powerful plant and why you should be getting your hands on some ginger today!

Ginger has been used traditionally as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. Countless studies have confirmed the health benefits of ginger within the body. Some of the powerful effects of ginger when consumed include:

  • Anti-inflammation- ginger has the ability to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain. This has been proven to be especially beneficial for joint pain from arthritis as well as menstrual cramps.

  • Antioxidants- Protection against oxidative stress helps the body to age gracefully, kills cancer cells, and boosts immunity. Ginger has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in food. 

  •  Antiviral and antibacterial- studies have shown ginger to be effective at protecting the body against certain types of viruses and bacteria, making it the perfect addition to the diet during cold and flu season. 

  • Digestive issues- Whether its nausea, indigestion, constipation, or acid reflux, ginger can be of assistance. This is primarily due to chemical compounds found in ginger which help to empty the stomach and increase movement in the digestive tract. 

  • Weight loss- Because of its ability to stimulate the digestive tract, ginger has also been shown to be a great addition to any weight loss program. 

  • Diabetes and high cholesterol- Studies have suggested that supplementation of the diet with ginger can also be beneficial to balance blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

Ginger is very easy to incorporate into the diet or as a supplement. It can be cooked with foods, blended raw into your daily smoothie, steeped in hot water for tea, or taken by capsule form, and it is readily available in any grocery store or food market. 

For more information on ginger or superfoods in general, feel free to contact us at EpitomeFit!