You may have heard about ginger and its benefits. This plant can be especially useful in the athlete’s life due to its great ainti-inflammatory and analgesic power, with which we can prevent and relieve muscle and joint injuries. Want to know more about how to use ginger as an anti-inflammatory?
What is ginger and what is it for?
Ginger is a plant of Asian origin (India and China). This rhizome is characterized by its spicy flavor and intense aroma, but it has other very valuable properties and especially useful for athletes, such as its thermogenic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
It is used both in cooking and in natural medicine thanks to the benefits it brings to health. Today we are going to focus on its anti-inflammatory power and how we can benefit from this property in the sports field.
Properties of ginger
Below we will quickly see some of the medicinal properties and benefits of ginger among which we will highlight the anti-inflammatory property.
- It is a natural anti-inflammatory
- Improves joint pain
- Helps improve and relieve muscle aches
- Helps fight digestive diseases
- Stimulates the immune system
- It is specifying
Use ginger for medicinal purposes: anti-inflammatory
Ginger can be used for medical purposes thanks to its anti-inflammation properties. In addition to this, it also works as a natural analgesic, to combat muscular or joint pain.
That is why ginger as an anti-inflammatory is especially useful if we perform physical activities of medium or high intensity. The therapeutic use of ginger can help us improve muscular injuries without the need to take other drugs. This anti-inflammatory property of ginger is due to the presence of gingerols.
Include ginger in the diet
One of the best ways to benefit from the anti-inflammatory power of ginger is by including it in the diet. This way, it will help us to prevent and alleviate possible joint or muscle pain and therefore to prevent injuries.
Taking ginger can improve our quality of life in cases of certain diseases that affect the joints, as is the case of arthritis. Other more everyday ailments such as migraines can also be relieved by the use of ginger.
How to take ginger to benefit from its properties as an anti-inflammatory
The ideal is to include the consumption of ginger in our diet. Currently it is easy to get it in any supermarket or fruit shop. In the greengrocer section you can buy fresh ginger root, while in the spices section you can buy ginger powder.
- The root of fresh ginger can be grated and used as a condiment in the kitchen.
- An infusion can be prepared, with boiling water and a few slices of ginger.
- It can be used as a poultice applied locally to an injury.
- Powdered ginger can be used as a condiment to garnish dishes and cook.
How much ginger to drink?
Like everything, too much ginger can be harmful. It is not recommended to exceed the limit of 4 grams per day of fresh ginger root or approximately half if it is ginger powder.
Always consult your doctor before using it for medicinal purposes on your own, as it may react together with the use of some medications, such as anticoagulants. Another case in which its use is contraindicated is during pregnancy or lactation period. Neither can ginger be given to a baby or small children.
We hope that this information about the use of ginger as an anti-inflammatory has served you and that you can include it from now on in your diet to benefit from its properties.