This Is Why You Should Be Eating Ginger

No doubt a polarizing flavor, ginger can either make or break your smoothies, juices, and dishes. A staple in Ayurvedic cooking, as well as many health-food favorites, ginger packs a ton of health benefits and, for some, an excellent flavor addition.

If you've ever drank ginger ale or ginger tea for an upset stomach, you'll know how soothing this root can be. Ginger works as a powerful anti-nausea aid due to its high content of gingerol. This compound helps "[improve] gastric mobility," Insider explains, while reducing muscle spasms — bringing about an easier time digesting whatever you've eaten. Thus, ginger works to reduce vomiting and other stomach upset. For morning sickness, ginger can be a god-send

The same effect rings true for menstrual cramps. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger "suppresses the production of chemicals that make your uterus contract," which is what causes cramping, Insider notes. The outlet recommends taking between 750 and 2000 mg of this root in powder form to offset any menstrual pain you're experiencing for a natural, effective remedy.

Ginger is packed with antioxidants

A natural ingredient that comes straight from the Earth to your table, ginger's high level of antioxidants can help offset the damaging side effects of chronic stress, WebMD explains. Plus, these antioxidants may also help your body fight off illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and lung diseases, according to the outlet.

Potentially lowering cholesterol levels, offsetting issues with osteoarthritis, and even aiding in weight loss, ginger seems to be the miracle supplement that many have searched for (via Healthline). Furthermore, ginger also contains anti-fungal properties that combat infection and boost your immunity. If you're fighting various respiratory infections or other inflammatory issues, try adding fresh or ground ginger to your diet to reap the benefits.

However, it's important to note that ginger may also make some issues worsen. Since the herb is quite warming to the body, it can exacerbate issues with acid reflux, making heartburn feel worse, Healthline explains. Sometimes, your body may simply not mesh well with ginger as it can also cause more bloating and gas. Make sure to monitor your reaction to ginger and see if it's helping or hurting your digestion.

If ginger works well with your system, you may consider using it for disease prevention, menstrual cramps, digestive health, and more.