Ginger shot benefits

A ginger shot is a small, highly concentrated drink made from fresh ginger juice. It may also contain a few other ingredients to enhance the taste, such as honey, orange juice, cayenne pepper, turmeric, or lemon. Learn more about ginger shot benefits below!

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Ginger shots provide almost the same nutrients and benefits as ginger root but in a much-concentrated form, thus making it more effective than the regular use of ginger in food.

For maximum benefit, ginger shots are best taken every day on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

However, you need to limit your quantities and only take it once a day since too much can cause heartburn and acidity.

Also read about the Health Benefits of Ginger!

What are ginger shots good for?

While there’s a lot of research backing up the benefits of ginger root, studies on shots are limited. But given that it’s still ginger intake in question, whether you take it as a shot or any other way, here are the benefits you stand to gain:

1.      Reduced inflammation and increased antioxidant levels

Ginger is rich in various natural compounds, including gingerol, its primary active compound, shogaols, sesquiterpenes, parasols, and zingerone, all of which double up as powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Inflammation is the root cause of most chronic conditions, whereas low levels of antioxidants in the body can cause free radicles to accumulate, leading to oxidative stress, which can cause cell damage and increase the risk of developing disease.

In one study, daily consumption of 1.5 grams of ginger significantly reduced inflammatory markers compared to those that took a placebo.

2.      It may help with weight loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for good health, but achieving it may become a struggle for many people. Ginger has been shown to decrease hunger and increase metabolic rate, which increases fat burning rate, causing weight loss.

In a 2019 review, results indicated that ginger supplementation markedly reduced body weight in overweight and obese individuals.

3.      It may lower the risk of heart disease

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help prevent inflammation, which often facilitates the deposition of cholesterol within the arteries, causing plaque formation. This may lead to atherosclerosis and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Also, the blood pressure regulation associated with ginger can further enhance your cardiovascular health.

4.      It may improve blood sugar regulation

Several studies have shown that ginger may significantly lower blood sugar levels and improve HbA1c.

In one of the studies, a daily intake of 2 grams of ginger powder for 12 weeks was shown to lower fasting blood sugar by 12 percent and HbA1c by 10 percent.

Furthermore, the same study reported decreased levels of oxidative stress, which causes cell damage and increases your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

5.      Relieves indigestion

Ginger is a common natural remedy for stomach problems, including indigestion and bloating.

Studies show that daily ginger supplementation may help speed up digestion, thus preventing any form of indigestion and bloating.

6.      Relieves menstrual pain

Menstrual pain is a common monthly problem for most women. While you can easily manage it with most over-the-counter medications, taking a natural approach may be more beneficial.

A 2009 study found that taking a ginger supplement for menstrual pain was as effective as common pain medications ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.

7.      Treats nausea and vomiting

Ginger is excellent at alleviating nausea and preventing vomiting, and taking a ginger shot may increase these benefits even further.

Research shows that ginger may help relieve chemotherapy-induced and surgery-induced nausea and vomiting.

In one study, pregnant women who took 950mg of ginger for 4 days experienced reduced nausea and vomiting compared to the placebo group.

Downsides of ginger shots:

Is there anything you need to be cautious of when taking ginger shorts?

Since ginger can lower blood sugar, people on blood sugar lowering medications like in diabetes may want to be more cautious with large doses of ginger. However, this is more common in those taking supplements and not shots.

Also, those taking blood-thinning medications may want to keep off ginger shots since ginger can cause blood-thinning effects.

When buying pre-made ginger shots, be sure to read the labels as many are high in sugar and fruit juices that can increase your calorie intake.

Also, if you are allergic to ginger, you may want to avoid ginger shots altogether.

How to make ginger shots?

Making your ginger shots is quite easy.

  • Rinse your ginger under running water, then pat dry or air dry.
  • Peel off about an inch of the root for a single serving.
  • Grate the ginger and transfer into a fine strainer and press down with a spoon to extract the juice.
  • Rinse your hands and squeeze the pulp with your fingers to extract the remaining juice.
  • Measure 15 ml per adult and squeeze in half a lemon. Up to this point, your ginger shot is ready, but you can also include other ingredients of choice like honey and pepper.
  • Take your ginger shot immediately on an empty stomach and do not take anything else in the next 25-30 minutes.
  • Do not exceed 15 ml of ginger juice per shot as anything more may cause heartburn and induce acidity.
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Final thoughts on ginger shot benefits:

A ginger shot is a healthy drink made from highly concentrated ginger juice and other ingredients like lemon and pepper.

There are many reasons to add ginger shots to your daily life. These include reduced inflammation and high antioxidant levels, regulating blood glucose, lowering the risk of heart disease, lowering cancer risk, improving digestion, and preventing nausea and vomiting, among other benefits.

However, be careful with pre-made shots, especially sweetened ones, as they may contain high sugar levels.

The best way to consume the right kind of ginger shots is to make your own.

Also, remember to maintain your intake below 15 ml of ginger juice taken once a day, preferably in the morning and on an empty stomach, to ensure maximum benefits.

More healthy drinks:

Lemon Water

Lime Water

Saffron Tea

Cucumber Lemon Water

Immunity Booster Tea

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