Many published reports exist about eating super foods — salmon, blueberries, kale, pomegranates, and more. Studies say that these super healthy foods contain high levels of essential nutrients and antioxidants that help lower the risk of serious diseases such as cancer. No wonder more and more people currently include kale and blueberries in their daily diet.
There’s another super food that is often overlooked by many, however — and that is ginger.
Here are some of the surprising health benefits of ginger:
Lowers Blood Sugar
Ginger, a spice often used in Asian cuisine, has always been a go-to medicine to treat common colds, motion sickness, and arthritis pain. Researchers from Iran, however, said that ginger could do more than that. They found that ginger helps lower blood sugar as it inhibits an enzyme known for breaking down too much glucose. Thus, eating fresh ginger or drinking Ginger Shots every day can help people with Type 2 diabetes to maintain a stable blood sugar level.
According to the University of Maryland Health Center, ginger contains high levels of vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, and zinc. Because of these minerals, ginger can act as natural antibiotics that prevent the accumulation of toxins that make a body susceptible to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
Destroys Ovarian Cancer Cells
A study conducted by The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells. Researchers revealed that the spice induced cell death at a somewhat better rate than the drugs typically used during chemotherapy.
Relieves Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps are a nightmare for many women. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate pain that comes with menstrual cramps. It is also useful for treating nausea and stomach problems — painful symptoms that are sometimes present during menstruation.
With these multiple health benefits, ginger should gain more attention as a super food. Now’s the time for health professionals and scientists to start recommending this spice as part of a healthy diet.