Updated: Mar 13, 2020
Most of us know that Ginger is a superfood. It has amazing health benefits. It has to be listed and is grown in the Himalayas.
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The article is well written, by Deane Alban.
Proven Health Benefits of Ginger Root
The ancients who used ginger for healing were on the right track and largely had its benefits right.
Here’s a look at what the latest research has found out about ginger’s health benefits, especially as they pertain to the brain and mental health.
Ginger Improves Memory and Attention
Ginger has traditionally been used to treat memory loss and dementia. (9)
Now research shows it enhances a wide variety of other cognitive functions besides memory.
When healthy middle-aged adults were given dried ginger supplements, they showed improvements in working memory, reaction time, and attention. (10)
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Ginger may even protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. (11)
Bioactive compounds found in ginger increase activity of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in learning and memory. (12)
The best Alzheimer’s drugs currently available work by a similar mechanism.
Drugs like Aricept slow the progression of this disease by blocking an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine.
Ginger Increases Brain Levels of Important Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are chemicals used by brain cells to communicate with each other.
They control your ability to focus, concentrate, and remember, and regulate mood, cravings, addictions, sleep, and more.
It’s estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal levels of neurotransmitters. (13)
Ginger increases levels of these important brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin. (14)
Dopamine is considered the “motivation molecule” that helps you get focused and be productive.
It’s also in charge of your pleasure-reward system.
Serotonin is your “happiness molecule” that is critical for keeping up a positive mood.
Ginger Protects the Brain from Free Radical Damage, Inflammation and Toxins
Ginger’s many antioxidants protect the brain from free radical damage.
Free radicals are unattached oxygen molecules that are a natural byproduct of metabolism, but overproduction leads to inflammation, premature cell aging, and can even damage cells down to the level of their DNA.
The brain is particularly susceptible to free radical damage since it uses a lot of oxygen.
Ginger is rich in two groups of antioxidants, shaogals, and gingerols, that safeguard the brain from damaging free radicals. (18)
The antioxidants in ginger also protect the brain from damage and improve memory loss after a stroke. (19)
Ginger Aids Diabetes Control and Protects Against Complications
Ginger should be a welcome addition to the diet of anyone with diabetes.
It helps improve blood sugar control for those with type 2 diabetes. (26)
Antioxidants found in ginger known as gingerols enhance insulin sensitivity and can help ward off diabetic complications, many of which are neurological. (27)
Controlling blood sugar levels is very important for the long-term health of your brain.
It’s now suspected that Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes that occurs when brain cells become insulin resistant and are unable to take up blood glucose, the brain’s main source of energy. (28)
Ginger Root Reduces Adrenal Fatigue
Overwhelming tiredness is not the only symptom of adrenal fatigue.
Other symptoms include brain fog, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and an inability to handle stress. (29)
Dr. Michael Lam is an expert on adrenal fatigue syndrome and the author of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome – Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs.
He recommends ginger root along with ginkgo and ginseng as part of his natural adrenal fatigue protocol. (30)
These adaptogenic herbs strengthen the adrenals, increase resilience to stress, and modulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Ginger Reduces the Pain of Migraine Headaches
Ginger effectively reduces the pain of migraine headaches.
Its effects compare favorably with the commonly prescribed migraine drug sumatriptan which works by narrowing blood vessels to the brain. (31)
But sumatriptan is not appropriate for everyone, has numerous side effects and should not be mixed with antidepressant medications like SSRIs since together they can lead to dangerous serotonin syndrome.
Ginger, on the other hand, relieves migraine sufferers of their headache pain with no side effects. (32)
Traditional Anti-Anxiety Ginger Root Elixir
A traditional Indian elixir made with ginger is thought to bring balance to an overactive mind.
By increasing energy to the digestive system, it draws excess energy away from the mind.
You can make this traditional anti-anxiety ginger tonic by combining 1 teaspoon minced ginger root with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon honey. (36)
NOTE 1: Ginger is in Super Superfood Greens 6% by volume, in Super Superfood Reds 6 % by volume, and in Super Superfood Gold it is 6% by volume.
NOTE 2: While these above are amazing reports, our super superfoods do not include high volumes of ginger. If you are ill, please go to a physician. If on the other hand, you want good health by a cross selection of good nutrition, with an associated long life, our super superfoods are available for you.
Many of the above references are also listed here:
Muscarinic, Ca(++) antagonist and specific butyrylcholinesterase inhibitory activity of dried ginger extract might explain its use in dementia.
Zingiber officinale Improves Cognitive Function of the Middle-Aged Healthy Women
Naritsara Saenghong, Jintanaporn Wattanathorn, [...], and Tanwarat Kajsongkram
Protective effects of ginger root extract on Alzheimer disease-induced behavioral dysfunction in rats.
Ginger components as new leads for the design and development of novel multi-targeted anti-Alzheimer’s drugs: a computational investigation
Neuroprotective evaluation of extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale) root in monosodium glutamate-induced toxicity in different brain areas male albino rats.
Mobile phone radiation-induced free radical damage in the liver is inhibited by the antioxidants N-acetyl cysteine and epigallocatechin-gallate.
Ginger: Medicine Chest in a Root
Zingiber officinale Mitigates Brain Damage and Improves Memory Impairment in Focal Cerebral Ischemic Rat
Preventive and Protective Properties of Zingiber officinale (Ginger) in Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Complications, and Associated Lipid and Other Metabolic Disorders: A Brief Review
The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
75 Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
How can I use ginger to ease anxiety?