While ginger may have many benefits and is a root of the plant Zingiber officinale, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant whose benefits are in large part to compounds in the root like gingerones, gingerols, shogaols, and paradols.
Ginger in tea, ginger ale or even while eaten with food has often been used to treat treat nausea, indigestion and diarrhea. It is also a good source of some vitamins and minerals that are very essential to men’s health.
Here are five surprising benefits of ginger for men;
Prevents Prostate Cancer
Affecting million of men per year, ginger can be used to cure the nausea associated with cancer treatments and may also stimulate appetite.
A study discovered that whole ginger extract prevented the growth of prostate cancer cells and caused existing cells to commit cell suicide. Using a mice, they found out that a daily intake of 100 mg of whole ginger extract per kilogram of body weight per day inhibited the progression of cancer cells by about 56% and also noted that ginger did not cause any damage to non-cancerous cells.
Prevents Heart Disease
Ginger a good source of vitamin B-6, magnesium and potassium can help prevent heart disease. As high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease these three compounds helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Studies have shown that ginger may also lower cholesterol and prevent clogged blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
It is however, very important to note that high doses of ginger have been known to worsen certain heart conditions. If you have heart problems, make sure to consult your doctor before taking ginger.
Infertility and Erectile Dysfunction
Although the University of Maryland Medical Center has stated that it is rare to develop a manganese deficiency, having insufficient amounts in your diet may also lead to infertility and erectile disorders. Which is why Manganese, a mineral contained in ginger and found throughout the body, is essential to neurological health and helps to form and trigger the release of the sex hormone testosterone.
Prevents Colon Cancer
Men are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer than women and is the 2nd leading killer among cancers in the United States. According to a study carried out by a team led by Chul-Ho Jeong at the University of Minnesota, gingerol, the compound that gives ginger its spicy taste, may help to treat and prevent cancer. Based on these findings, the National Institutes of Health are currently conducting clinical trials exploring ginger’s use in chemoprevention for colon cancer and the University of Minnesota is working on creating pharmaceutical drugs using gingerol as an anti-cancer drug.
Regulates blood sugar level
Due to its manganese and magnesium content, ginger plays a role in the treatment of diabetes. As suggested by the University of Maryland Medical Center, these minerals present in ginger helps to regulate blood sugar in both diabetic and non-diabetic men. With blood concentrations of these minerals lower than average in people with diabetes, ginger may be essential to preventing both the development of and complications that may arise from diabetes in men.