Are you looking to add a little zing into your life? Consider incorporating ginger into your diet for some added spice without adding unnecessary calories. One ounce of ginger has less than 5 calories. Ginger contains more than 400 active ingredients, which provide a variety of health benefits.
Here are some of the benefits:
1. Ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation is associated with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which has antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Gingerol is related to capsaicin, a topical drug derived from chili peppers, and is used for pain relief. Studies demonstrated that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties similar to drugs such as NSAIDs (ex: Motrin). In eastern medicine, red ginger has been successfully utilized for analgesia (pain relief) for arthritic pain.
2. Ginger has anti-motion sickness properties: Studies have shown that ginger prevents as well as relieves symptoms of motion sickness including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. In addition, small amounts of ginger may be effective in decreasing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, but always check with your doctor before taking any substance during pregnancy.
3. Potential benefits in ovarian and colorectal cancers: Animal studies have shown that ginger potentially may prevent the development of ovarian cancer and inhibit growth of colorectal cancer cells.
4. Potential immunity boosting activity: By inducing sweating, ginger may boost immunity and help fight infections. It may be beneficial to consume some ginger during the cold and flu season.
Try Nicobella’s ginger green tea truffle for a scrumptious treat while gaining the benefits of ginger. The green tea may enhance the antioxidant boost.
Article written by Jennifer Glockner, (soon-to-be) Registered Dietitian who lives in Sherman Oaks, CA and worked with nicobella during her nutrition internship.
Thank you, Jennifer!