We’ve all had that moment where you are sure at any moment you are going to vomit…whether you were pregnant, ate that pizza left out overnight, or just had the flu. And in that moment your parent, partner or friend tells you to drink some ginger ale because it will help with the nausea. Turns out, ginger has health benefits far beyond soothing your stomach. Here at Fully Human we use ginger to boost and smooth our anti-inflammation supplement. Find out more below.
How Does It Work?
Research suggests that the compounds gingerol and zingerone are ginger’s primary active elements. The way the body processes gingerol is what makes ginger prevent gas formation in stomach, anti-flatulent and anti-microbial. The two compounds together reduce many forms of inflammation, from colitis to kidney damage to diabetes and cancer.
What Is It Used For?
A 2013 study treated participants with either diclofenac (a painkiller) or ginger or both for 12 weeks. All 3 groups showed improvement, but the combination group saw the maximum improvement. Researchers observed ginger has an additive effect on osteoarthritis treatment by safely increasing the effects of painkillers.
Topical application of ginger extract nanoparticles (not exactly sure how these are made, but they sound cool) is found to reduce pain and improve daily activities and joint function in those suffering from osteoarthritis. A similar case study revealed ginger therapy progressively reduces osteoarthritis symptoms in 24 weeks.
Topical ginger treatment in the form of a compress or patch progressively reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis and brings about 48% reduction in pain. Also, the same study concluded with participants reporting 70% health satisfaction in comparison to their original 80% dissatisfaction.
Ginger constituents like gingerol and shogaol inhibit formation of inflammatory proteins in osteoarthritis. This brings about a reduction in pain, swelling and soreness. It also reduces degradation of bone and cartilage.
Ginger helps in remedying stomach problems and can protect against formation of ulcers caused by use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Multiple animal studies reported that ginger exerts protective effects against ulcers caused by aspirin and other painkillers.
Clinical studies show anti-inflammatory results with the consumption of between 2-3 grams of ginger root powder spread out over 2-3 doses daily (one of the reasons our supplement protocol calls for multiple doses per day). Lower doses of ginger are sufficient however to relieve the symptoms of nausea.
Ginger demonstrates some blood thinning effects, so if you are already on blood thinners you should use ginger with caution.
Otherwise, ginger may cause some stomach discomfort if taken in a large dose (greater than 2 grams) on an empty stomach. And may cause a slight burning sensation of digestive discomfort if you use more than 4 grams / daily.
Why Does Fully Human Use It?
On its own, ginger is a useful supplement for a limited number of conditions, but when combined with other ingredients it transforms them. For example, when ginger is combined with painkillers and other anti-inflammatory compounds it amplifies the effect of both. We combine ginger with the pain killing white willow bark, and six anti-inflammatory herbs, including turmeric and bromelain. This combination provide rapid reduction in to chronic along with long term relief from inflammation.