We’re quite surprised we haven’t already written a blog raving about the effects of ginger, because, well, it’s probably the longest standing member of the “superfoods” club above any other.
We love this powerful plant because it has absolutely incredible health benefits, so much so that it’s been the Ayurvedic ‘go-to’ healing spice for over 3000 years.
While ginger is easily incorporated into many recipes and teas, we think the best way to take advantage of all the benefits ginger has to offer is to drink it in juice form.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of drinking ginger juice every morning.
The amazing benefits of ginger juice
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds that have been valued for centuries, namely its main bioactive compound gingerol, which inhibits the formation of proinflammatory cytokines. Ginger has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it’s a great remedy for gum inflammation.
Excellent Immune Booster
Many of you will know that during cold and flu season, ginger is one of the most beneficial remedies for boosting the immune system to help get you back on track. Ginger’s immune-boosting benefits can be attributed to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help to combat inflammation and keep your immune system healthy.
Read: 10 Easy Ways To Boost Your Immune System
Indigestion happens to pretty much everyone. And chronic indigestion affects 1 in 4 people in the US every year. Indigestion is caused by various eating habits such as overeating or eating too fast, alcohol, carbonated drinks and caffeine – all of which affect how quickly your digestive system is able to digest food.
Studies show that ginger has proven to speed up the digestion process and improve upper gastrointestinal symptoms. This, in turn, helps to reduce the discomfort of indigestion significantly, if not eliminate it altogether.
Read: It’s Not Just What You Eat, It’s How You Eat!
Helps prevent cancer
Ginger’s anti-cancer properties are owed to gingerol, the potent bioactive compound we mentioned earlier that’s found in raw, fresh ginger.
As we know, ginger is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is considered to play a key role in the physiology of cancer. There is increasing evidence to show how ginger suppresses the formation of proinflammatory cytokines, therefore inhibiting the progression of certain types of cancer including colon cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Ginger is an excellent remedy against nausea and has been used as an anti-sickness antidote for centuries.
Ginger is used to ease chemotherapy-related nausea but is most effective for relieving pregnancy related nausea, such as morning sickness.
Although ginger is considered safe, always talk to your health advisor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant.
Helps reduce blood sugar
Although this is a relatively new area of research, ginger is proving to have potent anti-diabetic effects.
A 2015 study of patients with type II diabetes found that two grams of ginger powder per day lowered blood sugar levels by 12 %, and dramatically improved hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a marker for long-term blood sugar levels. Over a period of 12 weeks HbA1c was reduced by 10%.
Furthermore, ginger is shown to reduce the Apolipoprotein B/ApolipoproteinA-I ratio by 28% as well as a 23% reduction in malondialdehyde (MDA) – both of which are high-risk factors in heart disease.
For a small study, the results are rather impressive and prove to be very encouraging for those who are at risk of heart disease.
Read: The Connection Between Diabetes and Oral Health
How to make ginger juice
You can either purchase fresh ginger juice at your local health store or make it at home. To make juice, you will need a juicer, however, you can also make a gingery concoction using a blender.
Ginger, Turmeric, Carrot Juice
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Make Time: 2 minutes
- 3 – 4 organic carrots
- 1 green organic apple (for some natural sweetness!)
- 1/2 a piece of organic ginger root
- 1/2 a piece of organic turmeric root or ½ teaspoon of powdered turmeric
- 1/4 organic lemon (including the peel!)
Blend or juice all ingredients and enjoy!
Other yummy and nutritious veggies to add if you so choose:
The great thing about ginger is that it’s inexpensive and readily available at pretty much every grocery store. So remember to keep your refrigerator stocked up so you can begin to reap ginger’s amazing benefits on a daily basis.
Read: Natural Remedies to Help Fight Gingivitis