There are few spices in the world more useful or beneficial to human health than ginger, a root that’s typically available in most parts of the world at a remarkably affordable price. Belonging to the same family of spice as turmeric, cardamon, and galangal, it shares a tart but widely applicable flavor and a vast range of health benefits.
But what, exactly, can you expect ginger to do in terms of benefitting your overall health picture? In general, consuming ginger on a regular basis means giving your body a shot of nutrients, minerals and bioactive compounds that scientific research has shown can benefit both mind and frame. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of those individual benefits.
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The primary bioactive component in ginger, a root that was originally found in China, is gingerol. The main benefit of gingerol, from a physical health perspective, is its demonstrable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which are capable of helping prevent or fight off a wide variety of infections and threats to the human immune system.
More specifically, any food that is high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds can play a role in helping the body reduce swelling and prevent the spread of serious illnesses, from cancer to heart disease. That’s why health professionals regularly recommend people add these types of foods to their diet.