You may know ginger as a spice, but have you ever tried ginger juice as part of your nutritional diet.
Before we go into the wonders of ginger juice, let’s take a look at how to make this juice.
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Peel the ginger and cut it into medium-sized slices.
- Cut the slices into cubes.
- Then, place these ginger cubes in the mixer grinder and add a little bit of water.
- You could strain the juice to get rid of all the lumps.
Ginger juice is ready!
NOTE: If it is unsavory then add a little honey to it and some ice cubes.
Below are various health benefits of ginger juice;
1. Hair Care
Ginger gives extra shine to the hair. It helps one get rid of frizzy hair and split ends. It makes hair smoother and shinier. It also clears out dandruff and relieves dry and itchy scalp. It also has antiseptic properties that prevent the scalp from bacterial and fungal infections.
Ginger juice contains a variety of minerals and vitamins. These nutrients are very important in providing the required nourishment to the scalp and hair for their growth. Ginger juice also helps fight infections because it contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
However, it should also be noted that ginger can inhibit or slow down hair shaft growth.
2. Skin Care
Ginger is important for the skin due to both its direct and indirect actions on the skin. These are as follows:
Direct Actions: Ginger juice contains vitamin C. This vitamin is very important for the normal formation of collagen, an important protein in our skin. This protein gives elasticity to our skin and helps in fighting wrinkles and blemishes.
Vitamin C also has cleansing and bleaching action on our skin. It’s cleansing action removes bacteria and excessive oil on our skin and prevents acne. On the other hand, its bleaching action lightens the dark spots and suntan from our skin.
Indirect Actions: Ginger juice helps to reduce stress and make us feel more relaxed. Stress is the major trigger of acne breakout, wrinkles, blemishes, and many other skin problems. So next time you feel stressed out, grab a ginger root, extract its juice, drink it and feel relieved.
3. Reduces Joint Pain In Osteoarthritis And Other Joint Diseases
Joint pain is a result of the formation of inflammation-producing substances in our joints. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps inhibit the inflammatory substances produced in our joints.
4. Treatment Of Indigestion
Ginger has been widely used throughout the world for the natural treatment of gastrointestinal tract problems. Ginger juice, when taken after meals, reduces symptoms like bloating, heartburn, burping, upset stomach, vomiting, etc.
These benefits of ginger are due to its antioxidant properties which are due to the presence of gingerol, a bioactive compound of ginger.
5. Treatment Of Menstrual Pain
Ginger can ease menstrual cramps and menstrual pain. Many gynecologists do not recommend the use of medicines during menstruation. So next time you experience menstrual pain, boil some ginger slices in water, strain it into a bottle and drink it the entire day. Ginger juice also acts as an immunity booster and this action is particularly required during this period.
6. Lowers Blood Cholesterol Level
Ginger lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels. It contains phenolic antioxidants that lower the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol). LDL increases the level of bad cholesterol in our bloodstream. The solution is simple: LOW LDL, LOW BAD CHOLESTEROL IN BLOOD.
7. Decreases The Risk Of Heart Diseases
Heart diseases are mainly caused by harmful free radicals that act as oxidants which damage our vessel walls and heart walls. Ginger, due to its anti-oxidant properties, inhibits the action of these oxidants.
8. Lowers Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a very common problem also caused mainly by the action of oxidants on the vessel walls. Being antioxidant, ginger juice protects our blood vessels and in this way, it fights against hypertension.
9. Prevention Of Nausea
Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols. These substances act in the gastrointestinal tract and increase the tract’s motility. As nausea is caused by decreased motility of our intestinal tract so also the increase in the motility prevents nausea. Ginger juice also promotes gastric emptying.
10. Prevention Of Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is also a result of decreased intestinal motility. So ginger acts in our digestive tract to increase its movement and promotes emptying of the stomach. As a result, morning sickness can be inhibited.
11. Reduces Muscle Pain
A study was published in The Journal of Pain about the effects of ginger on muscle aches and soreness. It was concluded that daily consumption of ginger juice largely reduces muscle ache due to muscle injury elicited by exercise. So those of us who get muscle soreness from our daily workout should drink this awesome juice.
12. Mental Benefits
Bioactive compounds (gingerols and shogaols) found in ginger increase activity of acetylcholine. This acetylcholine is the most important neurotransmitter in our brain. It is essential for learning, retaining, recalling, cognitive and many other functions of the brain. If you are struggling with decreased cognitive ability, decreased concentration, and poor memory, you should try this out.
13. Slows The Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease
It is interesting to know that ginger acts in the brain by the same mechanism of action as does Aricept, the drug that acts to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain and improves memory.
14. Prevention Of Infections
Due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, ginger fights against bacteria as well as fungi and reduces the risk of infections caused by them. These infections are very common nowadays and can be prevented by this cheap remedy.
15. Treatment Of Diabetes Mellitus
Ginger has got glucose-lowering properties. Researchers say that it is possible that this action of ginger is due to its inhibiting action on the liver enzyme called hepatic phosphorylase that releases glucose from glycogen into the blood.
16. Prevention Of Cancer
A new study has revealed that ginger contains a number of potent components, including 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol, which are potent, comparable to conventional chemotherapy, on targeting the cancerous cells. This substance enters the cancerous cells more effectively than it enters the normal cells and causes cancer cell apoptosis.
17. For Weight Loss
Ginger has appetite suppressant action. It reduces the desire to eat and produces a feeling of satiety.
18. Alleviation Of Cold And Flu
Ginger juice keeps the body warm by increasing our basal metabolic rate. Warmer body in winter helps to prevent cold and flu.
19. Prevention Of Allergies
Due to its decongestant and anti-histamine actions, ginger helps to relieve many allergic conditions such as eczema, allergic rhinitis, asthma, etc.
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