How often do you use ginger in your kitchen? Is it an occasional spice you put on certain dishes? Do you brew some tea up with it to keep you warm on cold nights?

Ginger has long been a spice used to support health issues. Even in ancient times, ginger was well known for its healing properties.

In modern times, it has been known to help with an upset stomach or nausea related to medical treatments, or to help calm motion sickness, but did you know it can also help with your brain health?

Medical researchers have done many studies over the years to see how the brain can use ginger’s natural compounds to stay healthy longer.

When it comes to people in middle-age, research has shown ginger to offset the slowdown in brain function that often occurs as we get older. I don’t know of anyone that isn’t looking to improve their memory and slow down the signs of aging, do you?

There was a double-blind study done over a two-month period, on women in their early fifties.  Some participants were given a daily placebo, and others were given 400mg or 800mg of a standardized ginger extract.

Scientists gave the women computerized tests to see how their working memory and cognitive abilities were in the beginning of the study, after one month, and at the conclusion, and found that women taking 800mg of the standardized ginger extract experienced improved attention span, memory speed and accuracy of their mental recall. Those taking 400mg also experienced memory benefits, but not to the same level.

It is believed by many scientists that the natural chemicals in ginger lower inflammation and act as powerful antioxidants. For this reason, ginger could be used to protect against cognitive issues that many seniors struggle with.

Globally, studies show that natural chemicals in ginger can improve brain health and should be a spice we add to our lives. Italian researchers have stated that ginger has proven to be a valuable candidate for the treatment of dementia, as well as in helping to prevent it.  

Ginger has been used for holistic healing since ancient times, and I have seen the effects personally that ginger can have on our health. Adding this spice into your daily regimen can be a good thing for the health of your body and your brain, and it is an easy spice to add to your lifestyle. Some of the ways you can do that include using fresh ginger, powdered ginger, ginger essential oil, or a supplement.

This is a safe and effective way to feel better.  I invite you to test it out and see what results you have over time in how you feel and how your brain health appears to be.