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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Blood Sugar

If you have type 2 diabetes you might want to keep ginger root in your kitchen. In a study where subjects received either a ginger powder supplement or a placebo, those who took the ginger reduced their levels of fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c. Taking a ginger supplement may help relieve some of the chronic complications of diabetes.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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