Ginger reduces inflammation
wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock You know that pesky swelling, puffiness, and redness you sometimes experience on your skin—even on your face? Whether it’s caused by your diet or behaviors, such as drinking or smoking, it’s not a pretty picture—inside and out. In fact, high inflammation is the root cause of most diseases. “Inflammation is actually one of your body’s own self-preservation functions, but too much, of course, can cause problems with all areas of the body,” explains Jennifer Van Horn, MS, nutritional consultant for Fruitive. Ginger can help. “Ginger is a miraculous natural medicine because it is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and even antibacterial,” Horn adds. “It’s always in my kitchen, my secret weapon to have on hand especially during the cold and flu season.”
Ginger can burn fat
AlexeiLogvinovich/Shutterstock Yes, you read that right! Ginger is a metabolism booster, which means it helps your body burn calories. It also helps promote feelings of satiety, or fullness, according to several studies, including one conducted by the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University. In this study, researchers analyzed two groups of obese men—giving one group a hot beverage containing dissolved ginger powder and the other group a hot drink without ginger. The men who consumed the ginger drink felt significantly more full throughout the rest of the day than the other group. Pretty cool, right? To curb your appetite, Horn recommends infusing a few fresh ginger slices into your water before your biggest meal of the day.