Health Benefits of Ginger

What Should I Know About Ginger?

Ginger root and powder

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For thousands of years, herbalists have used the root of the ginger plant to relieve stomach troubles. With its natural anti-inflammatory effects, ginger is also a common remedy for inflammation-related health problems like rheumatoid arthritis.

Health Benefits of Ginger

A number of studies have supported ginger's stomach-soothing effects. In addition to easing post-surgery nausea and vomiting, the herb appears to reduce motion sickness and morning sickness. What's more, a 2009 study of 644 cancer patients found that taking ginger supplements decreased post-chemotherapy nausea by 40%.

Ginger may also help alleviate chronic pain, possibly by lowering your levels of hormones that induce inflammation. A study published in 2005, for instance, suggests that ginger could lessen pain more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

In lab tests, scientists have shown that ginger extract may slow the growth of colorectal and ovarian cancer cells, as well as protect against Alzheimer's disease. However, scientists have yet to confirm these findings in studies on humans.

Ginger Tea

Sipping ginger tea can help calm an upset stomach, as well as ease congestion when you've got a cold.


If you're going to take ginger in supplement form, look for ginger capsules or powders at your health food store or an online shop that specializes in herbal remedies. Keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label. Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. If you're considering the use of ginger supplements, talk with your primary care provider first.


Since ginger acts as a blood thinner, it's important to discontinue use at least two weeks before surgery and let your doctor know you've been using the herb. It may interact with other medications and supplements that affect the blood.

In some cases, ginger may cause heartburn.

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