Do you know the “hard facts” of the ginger effect? In this article, you will get to know the science and practice of the plant. These include a few amazing revelations, backed up by new research.
- recovers your body faster.
- works better than any aspirin.
- can be used as a testosterone booster.
- inhibits appetite and helps you lose weight.
What is ginger?
The inhabitants of many tropical and subtropical areas have been enjoying ginger for thousands of years – not only because of its distinctive taste but also because of its effect. The origin of the ginger tuber is believed in what is now Indonesia. The plant has been recognized in Europe since the 9th century.
When we talk about ginger, we mean the root of the plant. It has a bulb-like shape with a brown shell and yellow interior. Ginger is primarily known for its intense taste – a characteristic mixture of spiciness and sweetness.
Scientifically proven: the magical ginger effect
Can ginger help you lose weight, build muscle and endurance? The answer may surprise you. Because it is: yes.
The tuber not only has a long history as a medicinal plant – e.g. in traditional Chinese medicine, but also its positive effects have also been scientifically proven.
Ginger Effect #1: Less inflammation
The gingerol contained in the root has an anti-inflammatory effect in our body. This allows the plant to work against inflammation and pain, as aspirin does. In a recent study conducted on 92 subjects, ginger was found to be against arthritis as the pain reliever.
Recommended amount: 2g ginger a day
Ginger Effect #2: Less muscle pain
A study also investigated the effect of ginger on muscle pain. 40 participants were given regular training to examine the effects of ginger on the ability of the test subjects to recover. The results manifested that ginger users suffered from significantly less muscle pain. It is worth mentioning that since a single ginger intake does not achieve the desired effect, the researchers assume that the positive effects only occur with regular ginger intake.
Recommended amount: 2g ginger a day
Ginger Effect #3: Better digestion and well-being
Ginger has been proven to promote digestion, lower blood lipid and improve cholesterol. If seasickness is an issue for you, you don’t need to take up the chemical medicine right away and you should rather trust the magical ginger effect against nausea. There are numerous studies that attest the plant has a potent anti-nausea effect – and not just for seasickness.
Recommended amount: 1-2g ginger a day
Ginger Effect #4: Better memory and responsiveness
Want to improve your responsiveness? Then you should eat ginger regularly, as new studies show that people who consumed ginger extract for 8 weeks were more responsiveness and their memory were clearly superior to those who did not.
Recommended amount: 400-800 mg ginger extract per day
Ginger Effect #5: Less appetite, more calories burned
Have you ever noticed how warm you get after a spicy meal? This is because chilli and other hot spices stimulate your metabolism. The good news: Ginger has the same calorie-burning effect – at least which is confirmed by a study recently published by the New York Columbia University. The researchers also discovered another surprising ginger effect: tuber plant consumers ate less – they had less appetite.
Recommended amount: 2 g ginger a day
Ginger Effect #6: More Testosterone
Ginger as a testosterone booster? This effect has been scientifically proven in rats. Researchers found that rodent testosterone levels double within 14 days if they consume ginger extract regularly. At the moment, we should consider this result with a healthy dose of scepticism: first, the cause of this effect has not yet been clarified, and second, the evidence in humans is still pending. If we transfer this study to humans – in the name of science – an 80 kg “guinea pig” would have to eat 40-80 grams of ginger extract a day. I recommend that you leave this proof to the researchers.😉
(For rodents) Recommended amount: 0.5-1 g ginger extract per kg body weight
Ginger Effect – Summary
Ginger inhibits inflammation and relieves muscle pain – so it can help you regenerate faster after training. If ginger also boosts testosterone production in humans, it could help you build muscle and lose fat. The plant helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and lowering your appetite. Obviously, 1-2 grams of ginger a day is enough to enjoy the ginger effect.
Practical use: This is how you unleash the ginger effect
You now know 6 hard facts about ginger, one decisive reason is still missing: The distinctive ginger taste! Since ginger tastes very intensely sweet and at the same time spicy, it is well suited as a spice for cooking on the one hand, and on the other hand, you can also use it to prepare a delicious tea (ginger water).
Ginger recipe: ginger water/ginger tea
Ginger water is quickly prepared and tastes great in every season – whether warm or cold. You should always use fresh ginger to have the best possible effect.
- 100 g fresh ginger
- 3/4 L water
- Optional: lemon, apple, cinnamon, sweetener or honey.
• Peel the ginger and cut it into thin, small pieces
• Boil the water
• Type 1: Pour ginger pieces with water in a teapot and let them steep for 10-15 minutes.
• Type 2: Add ginger (+ optional ingredients) to the boiling water in a saucepan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Then let it steep for about 5 minutes. Separate the ginger water from the solid ingredients using a sieve and pour into a jug to serve.
Tip: If you wash off the ginger well, you can save yourself from peeling.
More ginger recipes
There are countless ways to add ginger to your daily diet as a spice. Here some examples:
• Summer salad with ginger: conjure up a delicious snack from some avocados, strawberries, lettuce leaves and pine nuts. Season it with lemon juice, grated ginger, salt and pepper.
• Pumpkin soup with ginger: Prepare a pumpkin soup with ginger (recipe). You can add chicken or prawns as an inlay.
• Ginger marinade: Would you like a spicy beef steak? You can mix the right marinade out of ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and garlic.
Tip: If the ginger taste is too intense for you, you can neutralize it well with a little lemon juice.
Ginger is not only healthy and delicious, but the plant also has a few surprising effects that can help you on the way to your dream body; however, the intense taste may seem strange to some people at first. There is an incredible number of preparation options for this so that everyone will find a ginger recipe that they like.