Thousands of studies have been conducted on ginger and many of those have focused on the active component gingerol. If you look at clinical trials that have been performed on ginger, you’ll find some interesting information.
- Studies on 415 women have confirmed that ginger can reduce period cramps and some of the studies showed that ginger can be as effective as traditional pain killers.
- Studies on 80 women that have obesity showed that ginger lowered BMI and insulin in the blood.
- The effect of ginger on cholesterol (LDL) was researched in 60 individuals, which led to the conclusion that ginger can lower cholesterol.
- Some studies have shown the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger on joint pain, especially arthritis. Also, ginger has been shown to reduce pain from migraines.
- Studies on 41 individuals with type 2 diabetes show that ginger can lower blood sugar.
- Research on 1278 women shows that ginger can relieve nausea during pregnancy.
- The effect of ginger on nausea caused by cancer treatment has been researched extensively and the results show both positive effects and no significant effects. A study from 2013 conducted on 576 people revealed the positive effects of ginger on nausea caused by cancer treatment.
All of these studies are clinical, which means that they were conducted on people, but many test tube studies and studies on animals have also been conducted. These studies have shown, among other things, that ginger can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as have antibacterial, antiviral and fungicidal effects. Last but not least, ginger can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.