Ginger Has Surprising Health Benefits
Ginger can be enjoyed raw, cooked, steeped in hot water or as a supplement, and is effective in all forms. It’s often taken by women suffering from morning sickness, a type of nausea and vomiting that can occur during pregnancy. Ginger is also helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy or major surgery, since these treatments can cause severe nausea and vomiting. Taking 1 gram of ginger daily, prior to undergoing chemo or surgery, can significantly reduce the severity of these symptoms. Ginger can even be used as a natural remedy for motion sickness. When taken beforehand, it can help reduce the intensity of nausea symptoms and speed of recovery time. How this works is not entirely understood, but it’s hypothesized that ginger regulates nervous system signaling in the stomach and speeds up the rate at which the stomach empties, thereby reducing nausea and vomiting. Ginger is generally considered safe, but heartburn, stomach pain and diarrhea can occur at doses above 5 grams per day..