Ginger Root Review
Benefits and Side Effects of
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) that originates from the land of coastal India.
And through time, it was widely used for variety of purposes.
Ffor example,it helps to relieve gastrointestinal disturbances or inflamed joints.
The plant looks like a shoot and has a purple-green flower in which there’s a thick root, very essential for its use.
The ginger plant contains chemical compounds, known as gingerols, which are very aromatic. When ginger dries, the so-called “shogaols” are formed as well.
There is a variety of available supplements of Zingiber officinale root extract. It could be found in powders, liquids or capsules. It could be also found as tea or tablets. The content of gingerols is very essential for the product. It is recommended by specialists that there’s at least 5 % of it in the substance and of course, it’s always best if the supplements are pure extracts of ginger root.
Health Related Conditions:
Nausea and vomiting
Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Some of the first uses of ginger were to soften menstrual pain or to remove body odor. Some food poisoning and the seasickness have also proved to be well influenced. Nowadays, nausea, morning sickness or digestive problems are still being treated with the help of ginger.
The ability of ginger root to inactivate proteins is the key to improve the digesting process. It also successfully relaxes stomach muscles and is really effective when it comes to nausea or morning sickness of pregnant women.
The extract of ginger plant is even able to affect positively the circulation of blood. It is proved to influence on the levels of LDL cholesterol and working on lowering it whenever it’s high. It does so by eliminating it from the blood and not allowing it to be absorbed by the body.
Ginger root is also used by people with high blood pressure. The content of vasodilators, ACE inhibitors and diuretics of the plant is the reason it has such a good effect on lowering the blood pressure. Some supplements of ginger root extract can also be very helpful in keeping blood clots from forming.
For problems with immunity, like flue or colds, the ginger root extract works successfully due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is just as good as in treating pain, no matter if it’s only a muscle pain or such, caused by arthritis.
The ginger root capsules and tablets are recommended for treating digestive problems. However, taken in fresh state the ginger is very good for therapeutic uses.
For upset stomach ginger teas are really helpful. It might not consist of ginger that much, but it’s still keeping its positive and calming effect. There is an option for people who like to take medicines in the pleasant way of drinking it as a beverage. Then it’s the ginger ale that’s surely the best choice for them.
This root is also used in some inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. In a study, ginger given to 56 patients with muscular discomfort, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis has showed an improvement of the symptoms of 75% of them.
There are no significant side effects, caused by the usage of ginger root extract. A problem could be the intake of unreasonable quantities of the extract and it could cause some stomach indisposition.
Only if it’s taken along with food, this effect can be successfully avoided. Another side effect may appear in people with health problems that require the use of anticoagulant medications. For them, a consultation with a specialist is really essential.
Sources : Srivastava KC, Mustapha T. Ginger in rheumatism and musculoskeletal disorders. Med hypotheses Dec 1992; 39(4): 342-8