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Health Benefits of Ginger

For centuries, scientists have proclaimed ginger's healing properties. It has been found to do everything from promoting healthy aging and weight loss to boosting immunity and fighting cancer.

But what do scientists of recent times think? Modern research tells us about the key health benefits that come from consuming ginger.

Anti-inflammatory: 6-Gingerol, the active component of ginger, can reduce inflammation according to a major study.

Promotes Longevity: A few studies have showcased the same benefit of ginger, namely that it reduces oxidative stress, which causes aging on a cellular level. One study, in particular, found that the compound gingerol has “lifespan-extending” properties, mainly because it helps fight off diseases and slows the aging process itself.

Reduces Joint Pain: If you experience joint pain, ginger may be just what you need. One study assessing the clinical efficacy of oral ginger as a treatment of osteoarthritis found that participants who consumed ginger found “a statistically significant pain reduction,” compared with those who didn’t get the ginger supplement.

Prevents Cancer: As several studies have pointed out, the compound gingerol contains “anti-tumorigenic activities” and may be effective in controlling the ability of certain cancers to grow, including ovarian, liver, skin, and prostate cancers.

And, of course, the best part is that it’s cheap, easy to find, and simple to consume. All you need to do is add it to hot water to drink as a natural elixir, or add it to some of your stir-fries for a healthy flavor kick.

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