When the temperatures drop and the cold bothers you, ginger is a natural remedy that can help. It has warming properties that stimulate blood flow, helping the body fight infections, especially during the winter. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that fresh ginger root can inhibit the development of RSV, a virus responsible for respiratory infections. However, the dried root is less effective.
Ginger also calms the digestive system, relieving bloating, abdominal discomfort, and constipation. The active compounds in ginger accelerate the emptying of the stomach, reduce bloating and gas, and break down proteins.
Furthermore, ginger has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce period pain and may contribute to relieving rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can also help relieve nausea, whether from travel, diving, or pregnancy.
Additionally, adding ginger to your diet provides a range of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, iron, folate, and zinc. It also protects the heart by lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and lipids.
Finally, ginger may help with the weight loss process by improving fat burning, inhibiting fat absorption, suppressing hunger, and increasing insulin secretion. A 2019 study found that ginger supplementation significantly reduced body weight and waist-to-hip ratio among overweight or obese individuals.
Shir Alfi, a senior dietitian at the General Hospital in the Dan district, Pet, emphasizes the benefits of ginger for overall health.