5 reasons to add ginger to your diet

Ginger root is full of health benefits and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 22 June 2020

5 reasons to add ginger to your diet

DUBAI: Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her expert advice on the superfood that will help you lead a longer and healthier life.

Ginger root is full of health benefits and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It’s cheap and widely available in supermarkets in different forms — fresh, dried, frozen, or as a powder. Ginger adds wonderful flavor to curries, stir fries and soups and is a great addition to herbal tea. Here are some of the root’s top health benefits:

Improves brain function

Ginger is full of antioxidants, which are essential for fighting the inflammation caused by free radicals. Brain disorders — including depression, anxiety, ADHD and Alzheimer’s — are linked to chronic inflammation of the brain, making ginger’s job as an anti-inflammatory useful for improved brain function. Ginger can also enhance brain function directly. A study of 60 middle-aged women taking ginger extract showed they had improvement in reaction time and working memory.




Ginger is full of antioxidants, which are essential for fighting the inflammation caused by free radicals. (Shutterstock)

Reduces muscle pain and soreness

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties go beyond brain function. Studies have shown the root helps those suffering from arthritis. It can help in treating osteoarthritis of the knee and relieving joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

Reduces nausea and sickness

Ginger has been used as a remedy for sea sickness for years. It is also effective in treating morning sickness. In a review of 12 studies that monitored 1,278 pregnant women, taking ginger significantly reduced feelings of nausea. There’s also research to suggest that ginger can reduce vomiting post-surgery and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.




Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties go beyond brain function. (Shutterstock)

Treats chronic indigestion

Ginger has long been used to alleviate stomach pain and as a carminative for removing excess gas from the digestive system, but it can also play a key role in dyspepsia (chronic indigestion). The reccurring discomfort is caused by delayed emptying of the stomach, and ginger has been shown to speed this up. One study of 24 healthy individuals taking 1.2 grams of ginger powder before a meal showed an accelerated emptying of the stomach by 50 percent.

Reduces risk of diabetes

There’s a positive link between the intake of ginger and reduction in blood sugar levels, regulation of insulin response in those with diabetes and improved metabolism. One animal study fed rats a mix of ginger and cinnamon and saw a reduction in bodyweight, among many other health benefits.


In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

Updated 30 min 25 sec ago

In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

  • The Baalbek International Festival was streamed live on television and social media
  • The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem

BEIRUT: A philharmonic orchestra performed to spectator-free Roman ruins in east Lebanon Sunday, after a top summer festival downsized to a single concert in a year of economic meltdown and pandemic.
The Baalbek International Festival was instead streamed live on television and social media, in what its director called a message of “hope and resilience” amid ever-worsening daily woes.
The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem, followed by Carmina Burana’s “O Fortuna,” a 13th century poem set to music.
The program, which ran for just over an hour, included a mix of classical music and rock and folk tunes by composers ranging from Beethoven to Lebanon’s Rahbani brothers.
Held in the open air and conducted by Harout Fazlian, the 150 musicians and chorists were scattered inside the illuminated Temple of Bacchus, as drones filmed them among the enormous ruins and Greco-Roman temples of Baalbek.
Festival director Nayla de Freige told AFP most artists performed for free at the designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
The concert aimed to represent “a way of saying that Lebanon does not want to die. We have an extremely productive and creative art and culture sector,” she said.
“We want to send a message of civilization, hope and resilience.”
Baalbek itself became a militia stronghold during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, but conservation and tourism have revived the ruins over the past three decades.
Lebanon is known for its summer music festivals, which have in past years drawn large crowds every night and attracted performers like Shakira, Sting and Andrea Bocelli.
Other festivals have not yet announced their plans for this year.
Lebanon has recorded just 1,873 cases of COVID-19, including 36 deaths.
But measures to stem the spread of the virus have exacerbated the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Since economic woes in the autumn sparked mass protests against a political class deemed irretrievably corrupt, tens of thousands have lost their jobs or part of their income, and prices have skyrocketed.
Banks have prevented depositors from withdrawing their dollar savings, while the local currency has lost more than 80 percent of its value to the greenback on the black market.