9 Benefits of Ginger

Find out how this magic spice can improve your life.

9 Benefits of Ginger

You've probably reached for ginger ale when you weren’t feeling well, but did you ever wonder why this beverage soothes your belly woes? Ginger is one of the most commonly consumed foods the world over. It’s pungent, spicy, and chock-full of benefits. If you don’t want to eat it raw, ginger comes in a variety of other forms, in capsules, teas, powders, oils, tinctures, and in foods. Here's how ginger can benefit your health in nine unique ways.

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Nausea

Mom gave you ginger ale to sip on when you had an upset stomach because ginger is known to help alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It’s proven effective as an antiemetic—something that helps with nausea. Ginger consumption has also been examined in pregnancy and proven to be effective and safe in helping to prevent nausea and vomiting during morning sickness. Ginger might also help cancer patients who are experiencing nausea from treatment as well. In a study where adults took ginger before starting chemotherapy treatments, they found that this helped reduce the severity of their symptoms.

Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.