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Ginger: More Than A Tummy Herb
These days, all the attention seems to be on herbs and extracts like turmeric, resveratrol, grape seed, and milk thistle. Granted, these ingredients are indeed fantastic. But let’s not overlook the humble super herb that’s flying under the radar: ginger.
10 REASON TO LOVE GINGER
There’s a reason why this spicy rhizome (root) has been widely used for over 1,000 years. The diversity of health benefits related to this pungent spice may surprise you. There’s more to ginger than flavoring your food and supporting a healthy tummy. Ginger is one of the world’s most evidence-driven, versatile herbs. The research is actually quite staggering — ginger has been studied in relation to over 100 health conditions. Let’s explore a few of ginger’s many benefits.
Nausea Aid: Nothing is worse than feeling sick to your stomach. One of ginger’s most notorious traditional uses is as an aid for nausea and motion sickness, including the tummy ills associated with pregnancy. Many studies have been conducted on this topic and the overwhelming conclusion is… it works!
Digestive Guru: Beyond nausea, ginger is the classic soothing tonic for our digestive systems. It’s considered an “aromatic bitter.” As such, it can help with healthy digestive function and flow, especially when things are sluggish. Ginger works by supporting the healthy flow of bile, which can aid in the digestion of fats. Ginger may also assist with the healthy production of mucin, the protective layer in the lining of our stomachs and intestines. What’s not to love about ginger for the health of our guts!?
Inflammation Ally: Inflammation is at the core of so many of our health challenges. Some amount of inflammation is a normal response by our bodies to keep things in check. But when the cascade of pro-inflammatory compounds (called cytokines) gets out of hand, trouble ensues. Some of ginger’s essential oils, particularly the gingerols, can help support a normal inflammation response to daily exercise and activities. For even more benefit, try turmeric and ginger together.
Bug Balancer: So much talk these days about a healthy microbiota — the happy, healthy bacteria and organisms that reside in our guts, on our skin, and throughout our bodies and are essential to whole system balance. When things go awry and bugs grow where they shouldn’t or in unhealthy abundance, ginger has the ability to support a healthy rebalancing of the flora.
Blood Sugar Supporter: Blood sugar issues are rampant in this day and age of processed foods and refined sugars. There’s good evidence that ginger can support healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range.
Lipid Stabilizer: When unhealthy fats or lipids build up in our bloodstreams, there’s a health risk, especially when inflammation is on board. Healthy support of cholesterol and other blood lipids already in the normal range is always a good thing — and a recent study shows that ginger might be able to help on this front.
Cellular Protector: Every day, we’re bombarded by chemical, environmental, and biological toxins, all with the potential to do harm to our 50+ trillion cells and the DNA inside them. Ginger is one of those special plant protectors with a knack for supporting healthy cell growth and function.
Antioxidant Agent: The rich phytochemistry of ginger hinges on its well-researched antioxidant benefits. The potent volatile oils in ginger (gingerols, shogaols) have been identified as free radical scavengers. Bottom line: ginger is an important herb to consider as part of your healthy aging toolkit.
Joint Supporter: Remember ginger’s effects on our inflammation response? Well, this plays a pivotal role in the health of our joints and muscles. You may consider ginger as a powerful support for healthy joint function. Works hand in hand with turmeric/curcumin too!
Brain & Heart Helper: Ginger can help with healthy circulation and blood clotting. As such, it’s an important ally on your quest for healthy brain function and overall cardiovascular health.
BEST WAYS TO USE GINGER
Ginger comes in many shapes and sizes. Teas, candies, brews, dried spice, fresh root, tincture, extract, capsules. We recommend adding it to your diet wherever you can: a cup of spicy ginger tea with lemon, some fresh grated ginger to liven up your stir-fry, a sweet n’ spicy ginger chew for a special treat. If you’re looking to get the maximum therapeutic benefits of ginger, we suggest reaching for a potent, whole-spectrum certified organic extract with standardized levels of ginger’s essential oils — gingerols & shogaols —per capsule (25 mg is a good number to aim for).
There’s really no reason to proceed “gingerly” — ginger is a strong and mighty plant ally that’s a must-have in your health arsenal.
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