No doubt, ginger is considered a super healthy ingredient. Throughout history, it's been used as a remedy for all sorts of maladies and illnesses. But does ginger beer carry any health benefits? Here's the lowdown.
Benefits of Ginger
For centuries, ginger has been used in Asian cultures as a remedy for digestive problems, including nausea, gas and indigestion. Studies have shown that it can also help ease morning sickness in pregnant women.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to a compound in the root called gingerol. Gingerol may even relieve pain, particularly for arthritis patients.
Research has shown that ginger kills ovarian cancer cells; and ovarian cancer cells do not appear to develop a resistance to it as they do with some cancer drugs. More research is needed to confirm the anti-cancer benefits of ginger, but it does look promising so far.
Does Ginger Beer Do The Trick?
Modern ginger beer or ale typically does not contain the amount of ginger necessary to provide much benefit. In fact, most store-bought ginger beers and ales contain no actual ginger, just flavoring. Some brands are made with the real thing though—as much as 25 grams per bottle. Look for pure ginger beers in health food stores.
To really reap the benefits of ginger, buy the fresh root and use it in your cooking. You can also take it in supplement form.