Ginger is prized for its aromatic and medicinal properties. It’s been used in cooking and as an herbal remedy since ancient times.
Ginger’s claim to medicinal fame comes from its main active components called gingerols, which are responsible for its distinctive flavor. This zesty spice can be used to alleviate nausea, though studies are mixed on how effective it is.
Fresh ginger root is available year-round at your local market and also comes powdered, crystallized, candied, and pickled. It’s a great way to spice up a stir-fry and even contains a little vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and copper, according to WebMD.
The next time you reach for ginger ale to settle your stomach, check the label: Some varieties don’t contain ginger at all, just artificial flavoring.
Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain And Soreness
Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.
In one study, consuming 2 grams of ginger per day, for 11 days, significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.