- strong antioxidant
- Antimicrobial (kills bacteria - including salmonella) - internally and topically as an antiseptic
- two natural antibiotics are found in ginger
- contains anti-inflammatory agents
- helps eliminate congestion
- contains zingibain that dissolves parasites and their eggs
- ginger root tea eases some throat pain
- kills cold viruses
- inhibits production of cytokines which cause pain and swelling
- combats chills and fever
- ginger inhibits 5-LO enzymes, the only food for prostate cancer cells , prostate cancer cells die in one to two hours without this enzyme
- gingerol (an extract of ginger) inhibits pancreatic cell growth
- beneficial to prevent constipation-related cancer
- an effective ani-tumor agent in leukemia cells
- an extract of ginger causes lung cancer cell death
- gingerols inhibited the growth of Helicobacter pylori associated with dyspepsia, peptic ulcer disease and the development of gastric and colon cancer
- ginger extract raises significantly the thymus index, spleen index, percentage of phagocytosis, and thus improves the immunologic function relating to tumors
- gingerol inhibits cell adhesion, invasion, motility and activities of breast cancer cell lines
- gingerol induces viability reduction (killed) gastric cancer cells
- a ginger extract causes apoptosis (cell death) of breast carcinoma cells
- ginger inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic factor in ovarian cancer cells
- 6-shogaol (component of ginger) induces cell death in colorectal carcinoma cells
- compounds of ginger inhibits proliferation (stops growth) of ovarian cancer cells
- a component of ginger suppresses metastasis (stops the spread) in any type of cancer cell including leukemic, skin, kidney, lung, and pancreatic cancer cells - one of the most exciting and powerful health benefits of ginger!
Ginger and Circulation
- stimulates circulation
- may help prevent heart attacks
- has natural blood thinning properties
- lowers blood cholesterol levels
- cleanses and stimulates blood
- prevents internal blood clots
- may prevent TIA’s (mini strokes)
- therapeutic properties for hypertension
Ginger and Digestion
- cleanses colon
- reduces colon spasms and cramps
- helps clear gas
- relieves indigestion
- excellent for nausea, vomiting and motion sickness
- stimulates production of digestive juices
- helps bowel disorders
Ginger and other Body Systems
- lungs: helps with respiratory problems, eases asthma symptoms
- helps eliminate hot flashes
- relieves headaches
- promotes menstrual regularity
- helps with morning sickness
- helps reduce inflammation of arthritis
- supports kidney health
- topical gingerol provides protection against UVB-induced skin disorders
- reduces the severity of post chemotherapy nausea
Ginger and its Nutrients
- high in potassium
- manganese which builds resistance to disease, protects lining of heart, blood vessels and urinary passages
- silicon which promotes healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails
- helps assimilate calcium
- also contains Vit. A, C, E, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, beta-carotene
Other Facts and Health Benefits of Ginger
- was listed in U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820-1873
- British research has found ginger to be as effective as drugs at relieving nausea after surgery
- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis studied at Denmark’s Odense University got relief from pain and swelling after taking ginger daily for three months
- gingerol promotes healing of inflammation and minor burns
- may prevent transient ischemic attacks (TIA’s) know as mini strokes
- Israeli researchers found that standardized ginger extract has dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol levels and preventing oxidation of LDL which contributes to cholesterol deposits on artery walls
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.
Side effects from ginger are rare, but if taken in high doses the herb may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth. You may be able to avoid some of the mild stomach side effects, such as belching, heartburn, or stomach upset, by taking ginger supplements in capsules.
People with gallstones should ask their doctor before taking ginger. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking ginger and will be having surgery or placed under anesthesia for any reason.
People with heart conditions and people with diabetes should not take ginger without asking their doctors.
Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding should talk to their doctor before taking ginger.
Do not take ginger if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin.
Ginger may alter the effects of some prescription and nonprescription medications. If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use ginger without first talking to your health care provider.
Blood-thinning medications -- Ginger may increase the risk of bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you take blood-thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin.
Diabetes medications -- Ginger may lower blood sugar, raising the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
High blood pressure medications -- Ginger may lower blood pressure, raising the risk of low blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.