Ginger, a natural spice has been in use for thousands of years as a flavouring agent as well as a natural remedy for the treatment of various conditions, like common cold, pain, nausea and others.
As important as it is, ginger is available almost all-year in the local markets as well as grocery stores, but it appears many people are yet to know the worth of the plant. This lack of awareness on the importance of ginger, has stimulated experts to compile a list of studies, which have validated the health benefits of ginger water- the combination of ginger extract with water, to the human system.
According to a report published on Medical News Today, it revealed some great benefits of ginger water to the body, as established by studies. Some of the findings are listed below:
Ginger water may help with pain, nausea, and weight loss.
Although there are studies that support the potential health benefits of ginger, there is limited research on drinking ginger water specifically. Most studies do not indicate whether the participants took ginger in capsule form, added it to food, or drank it as ginger water or tea.
Ginger water may help decrease some types of pain. In a study that involved 60 adults with migraine pain, researchers found using ginger as an add-on therapy was better than taking painkillers alone.
People have long used ginger as a herbal treatment for nausea. In a 2015 review, researchers looked at nine studies in which people used ginger for postoperative nausea, chemotherapy side effects, viral nausea, and morning sickness. The studies, although not always clinically watertight, all indicated that ginger provided a reduction in nausea and vomiting.
One study in rats suggests that ginger might reduce cholesterol levels. The rats ate a high-cholesterol diet, which increased their total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins. The researchers then found that also feeding the rats supplements containing ginger prevented high cholesterol in the bloodstream.
However, more research is needed to determine if ginger would have the same effects on cholesterol levels in humans.
Blood sugar control
Ginger water may help control fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
In one 12-week study, researchers divided 41 people with type 2 diabetes into two groups. One group took 2 grams of a ginger powder supplement each day, while the second group received a placebo drug. The people who took the ginger experienced a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar.
In another study, researchers divided 10 men into two groups. One group drank hot ginger water after eating breakfast. The other group did not. The men who drank the ginger water reported greater feelings of fullness.
Although the study was small, and additional studies are necessary, it suggests that ginger water might have a role in weight management.
Risks and side effects
Drinking ginger water appears to be safe for most people. However, there may be some situations when it is best to consult a doctor first.
How to make Ginger Water
A common way to make ginger water is as follows:
- grate 1.5 teaspoons of fresh ginger
- boil 4 cups of water
- add the ginger to the water
- remove the water from the stove
- allow the ginger to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes
- strain the liquid to remove ginger pieces
- allow the water to cool enough to drink or place in the refrigerator and drink cold