Ginger has been used medicinally in China and India for over 5000 years. It’s proven through time to treat digestion problems, improve immunity, relieve pain and fight cardiovascular diseases. Ginger tea can do so much more than just cure a cold.
Why Is Ginger Used To Fight Colds?
Ginger fight infections caused by viruses and bacteria. It works particularly well against the viruses that cause influenza, colds and cold sores. It also boosts your immune system to help your body win the fight. Ginger also treats symptoms associated to colds and the flu, such as sore muscles, headaches, stomach aches, nausea and diarrhea.
Other Ginger Benefits
Ginger can be taken in a dry, powdered form or eaten directly from the root. It’s full of vitamin C, magnesium, copper and manganese (1).
Ginger is known to (2)(3)(4):
- Kill parasites
- Heal osteoarthritis
- Ease menstrual pain
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Prevent morning sickness
- Manage side effects of chemotherapy
- Reduce joint and muscle pain
- Prevent stroke
- Fight asthma
How Ginger Can Protect Your Liver
It’s even effective in preventing liver cancer thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds (6).
Using Ginger To Prevent Kidney Stones
Drinking ginger tea or ginger ale prevents kidney stones by keeping you hydrated (7). The more fluid your kidneys have access to, the more they can expel toxins through urine. In short, proper urine volume helps clear the kidneys of stone-causing minerals.
Ginger also contains citrate, which helps prevent the formation of stones. Add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice to your ginger tea to take advantage of these benefits.