Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
Ginger contains gingerol, a bioactive compound that has been shown to have many benefits for the body.
1. Increase body immunity
The gingerol content in ginger can increase immunity. Gingerol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can fight free radicals.
Apart from that, gingerol also reduces the risk of infection. Studies show that ginger extract can inhibit the growth of various types of bacteria. Ginger is also effective against oral bacteria and against viruses that cause respiratory diseases.
2. Treating nausea
Ginger can treat nausea that appears, especially nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.
Consumption of ginger also helps relieve nausea and vomiting in people undergoing certain surgeries and chemotherapy. Studies show, 1-1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea.
3. Lose weight
Ginger is also good for those of you who want to lose weight. Studies have found ginger supplements can significantly reduce body weight and waist-to-hip ratio.
A 2016 study of 80 obese women showed ginger can help lower body mass index (BMI) and blood insulin levels. High blood insulin levels are associated with obesity.
Ginger can help increase the number of calories burned by the body so that you lose weight better.
4. Lowering blood sugar
Ginger can also reduce blood sugar significantly so it is good for consumption for people with diabetes. Studies show that ginger can reduce fasting blood sugar levels by up to 12 percent.
5. Treating chronic digestive disorders
Chronic indigestion is characterized by repeated pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen. Eating late and on an empty stomach for a long time is thought to be the main cause of indigestion.
Consumption of ginger can relieve indigestion. The anti-inflammatory properties in ginger can also help reduce pain.
6. Lower cholesterol
Ginger can also help reduce high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). High cholesterol is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
A 2018 study shows that daily consumption of ginger powder can reduce LDL cholesterol levels by 17.4 percent over a three-month period.
7. Overcoming osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is degeneration of the joints in the body that causes symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness. A literature shows, consumption of ginger can significantly reduce pain and disability.
To get these benefits, ginger can be consumed fresh, dried, or made into a powder.
(ptj / asr)