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    6th July 2021

    6th July 2021

    By Beth Shelper

    Ginger is one of the best superfoods out there. Fact.

    We know that’s a bold statement – but we’re about to prove it. Ginger is an affordable plant with a range of benefits that can be incorporated into teas, salads, drinks and meals, and is also one of the healthiest plants on the planet.

    What is Ginger root?

    Ginger is a root plant that originates in South East Asia. The plant’s root is commonly used in cooking as a spice, and is particularly prevalent in Asian dishes. The plant is especially versatile and can be used fresh, dried, in powder form and as an oil. So flexible – in fact, that ginger is also found in cosmetic products such as facial serums and creams.

    Famous for these food uses and it’s medicinal properties, the ginger root benefits seem pretty much endless – and that’s why we made the decision to include the ingredient in The Digest Capsules. Let’s get into some of the health benefits of ginger, shall we?

    Health benefits of ginger

    We weren’t joking when we said that the health benefits of Ginger are pretty extensive. From improved cognition to antioxidant properties, check out some of the health benefits of ginger:

    • Assists in the management of nausea

    Ginger is widely used to assist patients who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of nausea for it’s stomach calming benefits. Pregnant woman regularly use ginger supplementations and include ginger root in their drinks and meals as a natural remedy to help with the struggles of morning sickness.

    • Aids in weight loss efforts

    Due to ginger’s digestive assistance, implementing ginger into your meals and diet has a positive effect on weight loss efforts. This is because ginger assists in the breakdown and digestion of dietary fats. It also tastes really good, so it’s a win-win if that is your fitness goal.

    • Helps with symptoms of osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is a common medical ailment that refers to the breakdown of bone cartilage in your joints. This condition can be extremely painful, depending on the stage of the breakdown – and can lead to swelling, pain and movement issues.

    Ginger has been found to be safe in the treatment of osteoarthritis, and reduce pain significantly in patients of the condition. Amazing!

    • Reduces menstrual pain and cramps

    Natural pain remedies are always going to spark our attention – so this health benefit of ginger is a real game changer. Ginger root has been noted as a muscle relaxer, and so for women on their menstrual period, consumption of ginger root can reduce the uterine muscles and therefore cut menstrual pain significantly.

    • Aids in digestion

    Implementation of ginger root into your diet has been noted to help in the management of chronic indigestion issues. Research has stated that ginger ingestion stimulates both digestion and absorption of dietary fat.

    • Acts as an anti-inflammatory

    One of the main health benefits of ginger and most popular uses of the ginger root is for anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to this, ginger root is widely considered and immunity boosting plant, and included in many health drinks, recipes and nutrition plans.

    Ginger for digestion

    As above, one of the key health benefits of ginger that position ginger root as a daily dietary supplement is the assistance in digestion health. For this reason, many people take a daily ginger shot – which can be bought in most supermarkets, and even made yourself.

    Ginger shots typically include ginger root, turmeric, Vitamin D and Vitamin C, and are devised to provide an on-the-go style health hit when it comes to digestion and immune functioning. Whilst you can purchase these shots in supermarkets, we recommend you make your own to minimise your added sugar intake and even save money.

    How to make a ginger shot

    The two main ingredients of ginger shots are ginger root and lemon. It’s that simple. As well as the above health benefits of ginger, many people implement a ginger shot into their morning routine in the winter months to fight off those pesky coughs and colds.

    1. Peel the ginger root and lemon zest
    2. Pop both in your blender
    3. Done…

    Simple, right?

    If ginger shots aren’t your thing – perhaps you aren’t a huge fan of the taste, don’t worry. The Digest Capsules here at Innermost contain 60mg of ginger root per serving (in addition to many other active ingredients) that aims to improve digestion, support your gut and boost your immune system, all ikn one.

    References

    • Bartels, E. M., Folmer, V. N., Bliddal, H., Altman, R. D., Juhl, C., Tarp, S., & Christensen, R. (2015). Efficacy and safety of ginger in osteoarthritis patients: a meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. Osteoarthritis and cartilage, 23(1), 13-21. Click here.
    • Srinivasan, K. (2017). Ginger rhizomes (Zingiber officinale): A spice with multiple health beneficial potentials. PharmaNutrition, 5(1), 18-28. Click here.
    • Willetts, K. E., Ekangaki, A., & Eden, J. A. (2003). Effect of a ginger extract on pregnancy‐induced nausea: A randomised controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 43(2), 139-144. Click here.
    • Halder, A. (2012). Effect of progressive muscle relaxation versus intake of ginger powder on dysmenorrhoea amongst the nursing students in Pune. Nursing Journal of India, 103(4), 152. Click here.

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