How Healthy Is Ginger?

According to research, ginger is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds, beneficial for both your mind and body. Whether drinking as a tea, or adding this spice to your favorite dishes and smoothies, here are five good-for-you health benefits of ginger.

1. Combats tummy troubles.

Casual woman with stomach pain sitting in bedBelonging to the Zingiberaceae family — closely related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal – this flowering plant, which originated in China, is often used as a form of alternative medicine to treat conditions such as nausea (think morning sickness), common flu and cold symptoms and digestion woes, to name a few.

Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties have also been linked to the “prevention and/or treatment of various diseases,” a 2014 study said.