Advertisement

Ginger can reduce flatulence

Ginger can reduce flatulence
Getty Images

If you find yourself a little gassy, sip on ginger tea or chew some peeled raw ginger. You can also add a slice or two to bean dishes, which may reduce your flatulence.

Don’t miss these things your farts can reveal about your health.

Ginger relieves pain

Ginger relieves pain
Getty Images

Studies suggest that taking ginger at the first sign of a migraine can help tamp down the pain, as the herb may help block inflammatory hormones. Other studies have shown ginger may help treat arthritis. In one, people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experienced less pain and swelling when they took powdered ginger daily compared with those who didn’t.

Find out how to survive the 8 different types of migraine.

Ginger may help prevent cancer

Ginger may help prevent cancer
Getty Images

Ginger may have some cancer-fighting properties, according to several studies. In one, researchers found that ginger caused ovarian cancer cells to die. Another study found that gingerroot supplements reduced inflammation in the colon.

Check out these foods that may help prevent cancer.

Ginger might cause pregnancy complications

Ginger might cause pregnancy complications
Getty Images

When it comes to ginger and pregnancy, studies are mixed. Some studies have suggested a link between ginger intake and miscarriage and other pregnancy complications, while others have found no harm in using it to relieve nausea. Always talk to your doctor before taking supplements or using it to treat morning sickness.

Ginger can cause mouth inflammation

Ginger can cause mouth inflammation
Shutterstock

In botanical medicine, ginger is considered a warming herb, meaning it causes the inside of the body to generate more heat. This can cause the mouth and mucous membranes to become inflamed, which can be irritating. If you find consuming ginger uncomfortable, avoid it.

Don’t miss these proven ways to fight inflammation.

Ginger helps relieve nausea

Ginger helps relieve nausea
Getty Images

Next time you’re doubled over with a virus or motion sickness, try ginger in any form you can stomach – ginger ale, ginger pills, and candied gingerroot have all been shown to ease nausea. One study even found that ginger was as effective as the prescription medication scopolamine in preventing motion sickness, without the drowsy side effects.

Advertisement

Ginger can lower blood sugar levels

Ginger can lower blood sugar levels
Getty Images

A new study found that powdered ginger lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. If this is of concern to you, monitor your sugar carefully and check with your doctor on how the ginger could interact with medications, which could throw off insulin levels in a dangerous way.

Don’t miss these signs that you’re borderline diabetic.

Ginger can inhibit blood clotting

Ginger can inhibit blood clotting
Getty Images

One Australian study found ginger to be a powerful anti-coagulant even more effective than aspirin, and the National Institutes of Health cautions against consuming ginger while on blood-thinning drugs because of an increased risk of bruising or bleeding. If you have a bleeding disorder or take a blood-thinning medication, you might want to steer clear of ginger.

Sign up here to get Reader’s Digest’s favourite stories straight to your inbox!

Source: RD.com

Never miss a deal again - sign up now!

Connect with us: