If I were to compare the world’s various superfoods to the Spice Girls members (because why not), I’d say that ginger is to turmeric what Ginger (Spice) was to Posh: a just-as-talented, oft-overlooked member of the team. And given that the Spice Girls got a reunion tour in 2019, we’re here to say that ginger deserves some renewed attention as well.
In the latest episode of Well+Good’s series You Versus Food, Tracy Lockwood-Beckerman, RD, argues that while ginger isn’t as buzzy as her it-girl cousin turmeric, the many benefits offered by the traditional remedy (which has over five thousand years of experience on its resume) make it a worthy part of anyone’s wellness arsenal.
The biggest benefit of ginger: like turmeric, the plant is proven to help fight inflammation. “Studies have shown ginger to be effective in decreasing inflammation, swelling, and pain, thanks to a compound called gingerol,” Beckerman says. “Gingerol is a bio-active compound in ginger which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant affects.” This is a pretty great perk, considering how long-term inflammation is associated with serious health issues like allergies, skin conditions, and chronic disease.
Beckerman adds that research has also shown that ginger can help fight nausea. Good to know before your next car trip. But skip the ginger ale, Beckerman says, if you’re looking for a queasiness cure—it doesn’t contain enough ginger to have the same benefits as actual ginger. Bummer.
Ginger has a lot more going on for it, but in order to learn about the rest of its benefits… you’re going to have to watch the full video above.
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