How Ginger Tea Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
How Ginger Tea Prevents Chronic Disease
How Ginger Tea Helps Prevent Cancer
Free radicals are caused by natural stressors including sun damage, diet, and exertion and can cause cancer when found in high concentrations. Bioactive compounds found in ginger show promising free radical fighting properties. There is a vast array of antioxidants in ginger, each targeting different sources of free radicals and/or the kinds of damage that they cause.
- Ginger can specifically target colorectal cancers by suppressing proliferation of cancer cells along the digestive tract.
- Polyphenols are a class of powerful antioxidants, and they are found in highest concentrations in dried ginger–the variety used in many ginger teas. (1)
Inflammation can progress to cancer when left unmediated. The antioxidants found in ginger not only prevent cancer caused by free radicals, but cancer arising from inflammation. The classes of antioxidants found in ginger alleviate inflammation and remedy inflammatory damage. (2)
How Ginger Tea Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
Ginger intervention led to increased HDL cholesterol levels. (3) HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol, as it does not carry the detrimental health impacts of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which can clog arteries and cause serious cardiac events.
Ginger Tea and Immune Health
Ginger has anti-microbial properties. It can interrupt the cell function and metabolic activity of foreign bodies, including pulmonary disease causing bacteria and strep. Drinking ginger tea during high infection months, mostly winter months, can decrease your risk of contracting common infections and more severe varieties. (4)
Ginger and Cognitive Aging
Supplementing 400-800 mg of ginger for at least 2 months can improve cognitive aging without any detrimental side effects. Other studies suggest that ginger supplementation can improve memory retention, even in patients with memory ailments, including amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease. (5)