Weight Loss (SGMAG) For some time now scientist have agreed on the health benefits of ginger. This miracle spice helps treat gastrointestinal disorders including constipation, gas, diarrhea, nausea and colic. Sometime ago we wrote about Ginger and its use in the treatment of nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, cancer chemotherapy and pregnancy.
But wait, it is also sometimes used in adjunctive therapy in cancer treatment and heart disease. Ginger has also been proven to reduce joint pain in osteoarthritis. Preliminary studies show that ginger can reduce cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots. The treatment of nausea and vomiting is the most researched aspect of the health benefits of ginger.
And now researchers at Columbia University say a cup of ginger tea can help you melt fat instantly. No kidding. “According to the research ginger tea appears to dial-up the body’s thermostat, sparking and boosting caloric burn,” say ginger expert Wendy Bazailian, R.D., Dr.PH.
How Ginger Burns Fat?
The report stated, by turning up the burn! When we put a bit of ginger on our tongue, we feel an instant warm tingle–as sensation caused by heat-generating compounds in the spice called gingerols. Gingerols are volatile oils which are responsible for the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antipyretic, gastrointestinal motility and sedative effects of ginger. These oils also show promise as anti-cancer drug candidates in different preliminary studies. And, experts now believe gingerols are the cause of the spice’s proven calorie-burning effect. Although, experts need to conduct more research existing studies show there’s a good chance the heat from gingerols actually turns up the body’s internal temperature and metabolism.
The Columbia scientist also found that ginger had little effect on known hunger hormones yet still made volunteers feel more full and satisfied. One conclusion was ginger stimulates the release of serotonin–aka the happiness hormone. “Ginger helps increase our sense of wellness and thus tends to reduce our desire to overeat for comfort,” explains Bharat B. Aggarwat, PhD., author of Healing Spices. The doctor added, “Any of the powerful antioxidants in ginger may have an as yet-undiscovered “diet pill” effect.”
More Ginger Health Benefits
Other health benefits of ginger not talked about enough are its amazing effects when fighting menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis and its ability to stop migraine headaches. But, wait, ginger has also been proven to boost immunity, protect against cancer and boost heart health. But, if you thought that was enough researcher say 1 teaspoon of ginger a day for two months helps Type 2 diabetics lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin function and lower bad cholesterol by 15%.
Amazing Ginger Tea Weight Loss Recipe
If you want to lose 6 lbs a week like the study participants just dissolve a teaspoon of ginger powder in six ounces of hot water — if this brew proves too strong for you — you can get the same benefits by drinking a few extra cups of a much milder blend. Experiment by finding the right water-ginger ratio for you. Plus, get creative by adding lemon, no-cal sweetener and using flavored tea instead of plain hot water. Those who choose 1/4 teaspoon ginger per cup, sip at least four cups daily for best results. You may want to try Traditional Medicinals Organic which is a great ginger tea product we use from time to time.
P.s. Remember: If you take medications regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using ginger or ginger supplements. Pregnant women should be careful with ginger — please, check with your doctor first.
–Health EditorsDecember 9, 2013