If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you should know that ginger can reduce the pain that comes with this chronic condition. Extensive research has indicated that regular doses of ginger extract over a period of months, both alone, and when combined with other ingredients, can help to reduce pain in the knees, as well as pain upon standing and walking. It also reduces feelings of stiffness in the joints. It’s often compared to ibuprofen, a common painkiller, and it has been found in some studies that it is a superior choice and in others a comparable, or somewhat less effective alternative.
Researchers may have some good news for diabetics; certain studies have found that taking ginger can help control blood sugar, to a degree, though some of the findings are contradictory. Some research has found that ginger can reduce insulin levels, but has no effect on blood sugar; others have found the reverse- that ginger will reduce blood sugar levels, but not insulin. Factors such as dosage size could possibly explain these discrepancies. Ultimately, if you decide to take ginger for diabetes, consult with a medical professional about risks, and do not think of it as an alternative to diabetic medication.Related: 7 Most Common Symptoms of Diabetes
If you suffer from digestive troubles or have difficulty with bowel movements, powdered ginger mixed with tea or water can help. This is the case for two reasons. Firstly, there are components in ginger that stimulate saliva production, which makes it easier to chew and break down food in the mouth; this means your digestive system also has an easier time processing the food. Secondly, ginger contains modest amounts of fiber, which can help streamline the waste evacuation part of the digestive process by making bowel movements much easier. For this reason, it’s especially helpful to take ginger before meals.