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体育投注网址Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

体育投注网址It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

体育投注网址Here are 11 health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research.

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Ginger is a popular spice. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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For example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication ().

Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (, ).

But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as .

According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea ().

体育投注网址However, ginger had no effect on vomiting episodes in this study.

Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.

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体育投注网址Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.

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Ginger does not have an immediate impact, but may be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain ().

These effects are believed to be mediated by the anti-inflammatory properties.

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体育投注网址Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.

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Another study found that a combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon and sesame oil, can reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients when applied topically ().

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There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.

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It also dramatically improved HbA1c (a marker for long-term blood sugar levels), leading to a 10% reduction over a period of 12 weeks.

There was also a 28% reduction in the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio, and a 23% reduction in markers for oxidized lipoproteins. These are both major risk factors for heart disease.

体育投注网址However, keep in mind that this was just one small study. The results are incredibly impressive, but they need to be confirmed in larger studies before any recommendations can be made.

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Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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In a study of 24 healthy individuals, 1.2 grams of ginger powder before a meal accelerated emptying of the stomach by 50% ().

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Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

体育投注网址) refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

One of the traditional uses of ginger is for pain relief, including menstrual pain.

In one study, 150 women were instructed to take 1 gram of ginger powder per day, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period ().

Ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.

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Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.

体育投注网址 (the bad cholesterol) are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

体育投注网址The foods you eat can have a strong influence on LDL levels.

In a 45-day study of 85 individuals with high cholesterol, 3 grams of ginger powder caused significant reductions in most cholesterol markers ().

This is supported by a study in hypothyroid rats, where ginger extract lowered LDL cholesterol to a similar extent as the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin ().

体育投注网址Both studies also showed reductions in total cholesterol and blood triglycerides.

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体育投注网址There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.

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In a study of 30 individuals, 2 grams of ginger extract per day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signalling molecules in the colon ().

However, a follow-up study in individuals at a high risk of colon cancer did not confirm these findings ().

There is some, albeit limited, evidence that ginger may be effective against pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. More research is needed (, , ).

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Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer. However, this needs to be studied a lot more.

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There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory ().

There are also numerous studies in animals showing that ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function (, , ).

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体育投注网址Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women.

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It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis ().

Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections ().

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体育投注网址Ginger may fight harmful bacteria, as well as the RSV virus, which could reduce your risk of infections.