8 Evidence-Backed Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

September 08, 2020

Turmeric and Ginger Tea

Why Is Ginger So Good for You?

Who knew this funny little root could be so good for you? I first fell in love with ginger while enjoying some sushi with pickled ginger on the side. Fresh ginger tea has been a natural remedy for many symptoms (like nausea) around the world for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations relied on ginger root well before any anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory medications even existed. There are so many simple ways to incorporate ginger into your diet and experience the health benefits.

After years of study, we learn more and more about the powerful health benefits of ginger. Gingerol, shogaol, paradol, and zingerone are compounds in ginger that help fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, and the risk of chronic disease. The super compound gingerol is responsible for most of the health benefits.

Eight Ginger Tea Benefits

  • Improve Digestion and Ease Stomach Aches
  • Boost Immunity
  • Protect Brain Health
  • Provide Pain Relief
  • Help with Weight Loss
  • Control Blood Sugar
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower Cholesterol

Improve Digestion and Ease Stomach Aches

Studies have shown that ginger may play a part in better digestion and preventing stomach ulcers. A Taiwan study reported that consuming ginger capsules helped prevent indigestion by actually doubling the speed the stomach was able to empty. 

If you have an upset stomach, nausea, motion, or morning sickness, try drinking ginger tea. Ginger helps stomach pain by breaking up and ridding your intestines of built-up gas.

A study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center found that ginger provided chemotherapy patients with some relief from nausea. Another study in Thailand found that ginger eased nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Add lemon or mint into your tea to boost this effect.

Boost Immunity with Ginger Tea

Boost Immunity

If you're starting to feel like you're coming down with a cold, steep a cup of ginger tea to give your body an immunity boost. The chemical compounds in fresh ginger may help your body ward off germs by halting the growth of bacteria like E.coli, and may also help keep viruses at bay.

Protect Brain Health

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger may also help support the health of your brain. Some experimental studies suggest the compound shogaol may help enhance memory and provide an antioxidant defense against neurological diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine ran a study that showed middle-aged women who took ginger extract for two months experienced an improvement in attention and cognitive function.

Provide Pain Relief

It is important to stay as active as possible as we age, but sometimes that means experiencing some joint or muscle pain. Studies have shown the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are an effective pain reliever for exercise-induced injury, and help to reduce muscle and join pain.

Even people who suffer from chronic pain have found some relief by adding a cup of ginger tea into their daily regimen. Researchers have also found that highly concentrated doses of ginger extract have been effective in treating people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Ginger has also shown to help decrease the severity of menstrual cramps. 

Help with Weight Loss

If you're struggling to lose a few pounds, try sipping on a cup of ginger tea in the morning. This will kick start the fat burning process which may help you lose those extra pounds. Ginger can also help you feel fuller longer. The gingerols in ginger encourage your body to digest food faster and stimulate the body to move the digested food through your system. Try adding a few ginger slices to your water for hydration during the day.

Controlling Blood Sugar with Ginger Tea

Control Blood Sugar

Gingerols also help stabilize blood sugar levels which can also be a key to losing weight as well as help regulate insulin response in people with diabetes.

Lower Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure, ginger may help keep it under control. While it is still being studied on humans, animal studies have shown that ginger helps improve blood circulation and relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.

Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol can clog your blood vessels and increase the risk of heart disease. Studies have found that ginger may help lower cholesterol levels and help protect your heart health. A daily dose of ginger may help you battle “bad” or LDL cholesterol levels. In a recent study, taking 5 grams of ginger a day for 3 months lowered people’s LDL cholesterol an average of 30 points. 

Turmeric Ginger Tea

If you've already a ginger tea lover, try adding some other ingredients to help detoxification and support your immune system:

  • Turmeric — Known as a warming spice, turmeric helps balance your metabolism. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and may help with digestion. 
  • Lemon juice — Lemon’s natural cleansing abilities rejuvenate the liver. Add a squeeze of lime in your water or tea in the morning to naturally flush out toxins. The acidity of the lemon wakes up nerves in the digestive system and liver and encourages healthy digestion, and good bowel movements.
  • Raw honey — Honey is a natural sweetener you can add to your cup of tea to help boost immunity with enzymes and antioxidants.
  • Cayenne pepper — Cayenne pepper contains the circulation-boosting chemical, capsaicin. A 2014 study showed that people who consumed cayenne pepper with every meal felt full sooner and had fewer cravings in between meals by suppressing your appetite. And we all know, reduced caloric intake results in increased weight loss.

Does Ginger Have Any Nutritional Value?

Here is the nutritional breakdown of ginger, based on one tablespoon serving:

  • Calories: 4.8
  • Carbohydrates: 1.07 grams
  • Dietary fiber: .12 g 
  • Protein: .11 g 
  • Fat: .05 g
  • Sugar: .1 g 

Trace amounts of vitamins and minerals can also be found in fresh ginger:

  • Vitamin B3 and B6
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Folate
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin

Cooking with Ginger

How to Cook with Ginger Root

Once you discover the fresh, peppery flavor of ginger, you'll realize how many simple ways you can incorporate it into your diet. Grate some ginger into your stir-fry dish, or add ginger powder to soup for a bit of flavor. Ginger can also be eaten fresh, ground into a smoothie, or your favorite infusion. 

Try sprinkling Crystallized Ginger over salads for a spicy kick or add some finely grated to your ginger salad dressing. Or add to homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest. Also delicious just as a snack and easy to take along when traveling to help calm your stomach. 

Even try soaking in it by adding a few tablespoons of ginger to a relaxing hot water bath with lavender oil. (And why not enjoy a cup of tea while you soak.)

I'm still trying to figure out who decided to call ginger a knob... :)

Risks and Side Effects

For best results, it’s recommended to stick to one to three cups of ginger tea per day to maximize ginger tea benefits and minimize the risk of adverse side effects.

In rare cases, some people have an allergic reaction to ginger. If you experience any food allergy symptoms, such as hives, itching, or swelling after consuming ginger, discontinue use immediately and talk to your doctor. Ginger tea may also be associated with mild side effects such as heartburn, diarrhea, or stomach pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, decrease consumption, and consult with a health care practitioner for medical advice diagnosis or treatment if you have any concerns. 

 

 



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