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Ginger And Heart Health

Dr. Indrajeet Tyagi and Dr. Iranna Hirapur

Ginger And Heart Health
by Dr. Indrajeet Tyagi and Dr. Iranna Hirapur

In recent times, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are globally increasing as major causes of morbidity and mortality. Millions of people are experiencing high cholesterol and heart attack problems. High cholesterol can limit blood flow, increasing risk of heart attack or stroke. In our modern busy life, people tend to go for fast foods that affect our blood sugar, blood pressure, and increases inflammation because people do not get enough necessary nutrients. In the long term, a diet rich in fast food could lead to issues with digestion such as indigestion, bloating, and gas, immunity, inflammation, heart health, obesity, and more. In spite of recent development in the management of cardiovascular complications, CVDs have remained a medical challenge.


Numerous conventional drugs are used to protect the heart; however, they are associated with several side effects. Considering the rich phytochemistry and fewer side effects, the herbs have gained particular attention to be used in our daily life as they have cardio protective potentials. Amongst natural entities, ginger is an extensively used and well-known functional food and condiment, possessing plentiful bioactivities, like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties in several disorders management.


If you want to protect yourself from the risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, and indigestion, then start chewing and using ginger in your daily life.

How does high cholesterol cause blockage?

If there is too much Low-Density-Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol in the blood, the cholesterol and other substances may form deposits called plaque. Plaque can cause an artery to become narrowed or blocked. If a plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form. Plaque and blood clots can reduce blood flow through an artery. This can cause stroke and heart problems. The healthier your arteries, the lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol. 


How weak digestion affects heart health?

Our modern life style is playing an important role in our overall health. Our eating habits such as irregular meals, consumption of processed foods, fast foods, along with unhealthy diets, stress, and lack of exercises lead to various health problems such as diabetes, cancer, heart failure, allergies, and obesity. Wholefoods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains and nuts, may prevent the growth of some bacteria linked to diseases and inflammation. Our lifestyle, for example physical activity, good sleep and stress reduction are also good for gut health.


Describe the benefits of ginger for our health.

Ginger known for adding flavor to cooking recipes, and has been used in Ayurveda for treating many ailments and diseases since it offers several health benefits. Numerous studies have found that ginger can help improve blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, strengthen the immune system, and treat nausea and indigestion.


Ginger is loaded with antioxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to our body's DNA. They may help our body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy aging.


Gingerol, a natural component of ginger root, benefits gastrointestinal motility ― the rate at which food exits the stomach and continues along the digestive process. Eating ginger encourages efficient digestion, so food does not linger as long in the gut. It stimulates digestive system, reduces bloating and gas, and improves digestion process.


The cardio protective effects of ginger contribute to its cardio tonic, anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidemia, and anti-platelet effects.


How to use ginger in our daily diet?

Many studies have shown that eating ginger or natural consumption of ginger every day may help lower "bad" or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the body. Limit to 3 to 4 grams a day and 1 gram daily if you're pregnant. You can use ginger in both wet and dry forms because it adds flavor and texture to your diet and makes you meal enjoyable. Ginger seems to aid digestion and saliva flow when chewed it. You can use in many ways:


  1. Ginger Tea. Ginger tea has been a popular drink for centuries.
  2. Ginger Dressing. Raw ginger is particularly potent and has higher amounts of gingerols than cooked ginger.
  3. Ginger used in many recipes. Ginger adds a fragrant zest to both sweet and savory foods
  4. Pickled Ginger.
  5. Carrot Ginger Soup.
  6. Ginger Water.
  7. Ginger candies
  8. Ginger cake.


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