Researchers believe the gingerol compounds are the ones responsible for the root’s health benefits. They’re also responsible for their smell and flavor. Gingerol has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help the body in a variety of different ways:
1. Soothes an Upset Stomach
The chemical compounds in ginger are believed to ease stomach pain and aid digestion. Ginger has long been proposed as a remedy to help reduce nausea.
Eating ginger may improve indigestion symptoms by helping the stomach empty faster.
2. Reduces Inflammation
Ginger is sometimes taken as a supplement for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (two painful conditions causing joint damage). Since ginger is an anti-inflammatory, it may ease joint pain due to inflammation.
3. Lowers Blood Sugar
Adding ginger to your diet may help reduce blood sugar levels.
4. Reduces Cancer Risk
The root might be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer. Researchers have found evidence that gingerol (an active compound in ginger) has cancer-fighting abilities. Namely, it may help in the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Its high antioxidant content is likely responsible for fighting off cancer cell growth.
5. May Relieve Menstrual Cramps
6. Shortening or Preventing the Common Cold
We often think of orange juice as the go-to drink for warding off a cold but cold-pressed ginger juice may be a better choice. The root has a warming effect. Drinking ginger can keep you warm while also helping the body sweat and get rid of infections.
In addition to its many other benefits, gingerol might help prevent infections. One study found fresh ginger may be effective against the respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV), a common cause of cold-like symptoms and respiratory infections.
Maple Ginger Root Chews
- 2 ingredients: fresh organic ginger infused with dark maple syrup
Our maple ginger chews are slow-cooked in dark maple syrup for almost two days. We gently dry them just enough to maintain a light moist texture. The full heat ascends for a few delicious moments and leaves with a sweet note making your mouth and tummy feeling warm and satisfied.
Add them to oatmeal, veggie stir fry, topping on desserts, with your favorite cup of tea, coffee or an aperitif.