Ginger might be one of the ugliest foods out there, but it has some amazing health benefits. It's definitely one food that you must have on hand at all times, especially when approaching cold and flu season!
Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound found in ginger, has tons of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
It's has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is traditionally used to help reduce nausea, help aid digestion, and relieve the common cold. It's also been proven to help treat both menstrual cramps and morning sickness. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties it's also a great fix for muscle aches and osteoarthritis.
New research on the use of ginger also suggests that it can help lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease. Gingerol has even been studied as a measure to help prevent cancer. Is there anything this versatile food can't help with? Time to start adding it to everything.