It’s Not a Phase: 5000 Years of History Can’t Be Wrong
Think back to what was going on around 3000 BCE. Refresher: Sumerians were just starting to establish cities. The first Egyptian pyramid was about to be built. Stonehenge’s earliest iterations were erected. And Chinese and Indian physicians were prescribing ginger.
5000 years later, there’s more data than ever about ginger’s medicinal properties. Ginger can improve mood, rev up your brain, soothe your stomach and more. Find out why it’s especially important for women’s health after 40.
Why We Love Ginger
We love when ingredients for women’s health are accessible and familiar. Our Stave the Crave herbal chai supplement is one way to reap ginger’s health rewards, but you can also buy it fresh at any grocery store. Add it to smoothies, juices, baked goods, stir fries and whatever your health desires.
Improves Mood - Ginger is a powerful ingredient in mood supplements because it offers natural stress relief. You’re not stress eating when you’re not stressed, which makes ginger a crucial part of our Stave the Crave chai. Animal studies with ginger extract have shown that it can increase dopamine and serotonin levels, which are closely connected to emotional well-being. Clinical trials comparing ginger to a common antidepressant, diazepam, have found that ginger has similar benefits with no side effects.
Another theory about how ginger works in women’s stress supplements is that it may help decrease inflammation in and around the brain. Many scientists believe this type of inflammation may contribute to depression and fatigue, which is one link to ginger’s reported mood-enhancing benefits.
Boosts Cognition - Forgot what you came into the room for? Shifting hormones can cause brain fog in women over 40, but ginger can help. Randomized clinical trials found that women taking ginger experienced better working memory than that placebo group.
Scientists are also looking into ginger’s potential effects in helping to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s risk. Alzheimer’s impacts twice as many women as men.
Improves Metabolism - Ginger can speed up metabolism, which is another point in its favor as part of our Stave the Crave herbal chai powder. If you know you tend to stress eat or mindlessly snack, the ginger in Stave the Crave can help your body process food and relieve unpleasant over-full feelings.
Relieves Nausea & Stomach Ache - Ginger is famous for its stomach-soothing properties.The current scientific explanation is that ginger eases queasiness by blocking serotonin receptors in the stomach lining and speeding up digestion.
Eases Period Cramps - No one told us that women over 40 often experience intensified period pain. Ginger can help ease period cramps. Clinical trials have even found it comparable to ibuprofen and other common pain relievers in relieving period pain.
Physicians across Asia have been growing ginger for over 5,000 years. It was important in early trade and made its way to the Roman Empire around 2000 years ago, where it was also used medicinally.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is prescribed for:
- Digestion and irritable bowel syndrome
- Improved Qi
- Weight loss
Ayurvedic medicine uses ginger to treat:
- Stomach ache
- Poor digestion
- Arthritis and joint pain
Traditional Iranian Medicine has used ginger for:
- Relieving gas
- Liver support
- Cognition and memory
About the Plant:
Ginger is native to China, but it has long been cultivated in India, as well. The medicinal compounds and delicious flavor come from lumpy yellow rhizomes, which are like underground stems. Ginger grows bright green, grass-like leaves and reddish pink flowers that are shaped a little like pinecones on straight stalks.
Found In (Wile Products):
- Stave the Crave stress relief chai
Things to Know about Ginger:
Ginger is incredibly safe, but it’s worth checking in with your doctor before taking it if you have a blood disorder or are on blood thinners, or if you have a heart condition, diabetes or gallstones.
The consensus is that ginger is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding people, but we always recommend discussing the use of any supplement or medication with your doctor.
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This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.