What is it?
Ginger root is a fiery spice with many culinary and medicinal uses. Ginger is a little known natural anti-inflammatory and a go-to hangover cure for the worst hangover symptoms.
What symptoms does it cure?
Where can I get it?
You can pick ginger up at any supermarket or you can buy ginger extract online.
Ginger is a flowering plant renowned for it’s widely used fiery, beige root. Originating in India, the popular spice made it’s way over to Europe via the Romans almost a millenia ago. Now Ginger is used across the globe featuring prominently in Asian, Caribbean and Western cuisine and is a versatile ingredient being used in cakes, beer, soup and stir fries to name a few.
The fiery root isn’t just a widely used culinary ingredient spice, it also offers numerous health benefits. You might not know that Ginger has anti-inflammatory qualities, provides gastrointestinal relief and is popular among pregnant women for it’s ability to ease nausea and vomiting during bouts of morning sickness.
Current research is even considering Ginger as a potential anti-cancer agent, with evidence to suggest that ginger can help inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells and kill of ovarian cancer cells. While ginger is by no means the silver bullet to cure cancer that we wish it could be, it definitely is a health food which can improve your general well being and it's considered an aphrodisiac in Arabian medicine.
What the Science Says
Taking into account all of the uses of ginger as a health food it isn’t too surprising that the root is also considered to be a hangover remedy and there is scientific research to support this.
An investigation by Takahashi et al.(2010) published in the Journal of Natural Medicines sought to validate the claims that a folk hangover cure, containing ginger as a key ingredient, could improve hangover symptoms.
KSS formula is concocted by mixing ginger, tangerine pith and brown sugar and has been used as a traditional hangover cure in China. However, Takahashi and colleagues were interested in proving claims that KSS as an effective remedy after a heavy night of boozing.
A clinical effectiveness evaluation was carried out on KSS formula, which involved measuring its influence 22 hangover related symptoms compared to a control group. The experiment found that drinking after drinking KSS formula after drinking alcohol significantly reduced nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
As ginger isn’t the only ingredient included KSS formula it can’t be said for sure that it was solely the ginger reducing participants’ hangover symptoms. However, the results of this study are consistent with the known and firmly health benefits of ginger. Additionally several other studies have supported the curative powers of ginger on a hangover in experiments on mice.
All in all ginger scientific research provides promising evidence that ginger is an effective hangover remedy and we look forward to news of further experiments replicating these findings.
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