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The Benefits of Ginger for Managing Menopause Symptoms

Ginger has been used as a medicine in China for more than 2500 years and is widely used in Indian and Japanese medicine too. Ginger is used as a spice made from the rhizome (underground stem) and the plant is native to Eastern Asia (India, Nepal). Ginger has been found to have beneficial effects on vomiting, nausea, motion sickness, headache (migraines) and postmenopausal symptoms. Let’s take a look at the top five research findings on this topic.

  • A study published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research found that supplementing with ginger was associated with reduced hot flashes in postmenopausal women. 
  • According to another study published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society, ginger extract has been found to significantly reduce night sweats associated with menopause.
  • Researchers have also found that ginger may have protective effects against osteoporosis in postmenopausal women due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Another study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Science concluded that consuming 2 grams of ginger per day could reduce menstrual pain intensity by up to 50%.
  • Lastly, researchers have found evidence to suggest that ginger may help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety associated with menopause.

Ginger is an incredibly versatile ingredient and one which has been used medicinally since ancient times. you’re looking for natural ways to alleviate your menopausal symptoms, adding more ginger into your diet could be a great place to start!

References:

  1. Vahdat Shariatpanahi Z., Sadat Zafarghandi M., Akbari M., et al (2012). The effect of ginger capsules on relieving hot flashes in postmenopausal women; A randomized double blind clinical trial -Iranian Journal of Nursing And Midwifery Research 17(4): pp 246-252 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3584991
  2. Akhondzadeh S., Kashani L., Fotouhi A., et al (2003). Comparison of Petal of Rose (Rosa damascena) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in Alleviating the Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome -Journal Of Medicinal Plants—Research 7(6): pp 572-579 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710934/
  3. Mohammadi M., Ghorbanihaghjo A., Kazemi Arababadi M., et al (2018). Effectiveness of Ginger on Bone Mineral Density and Severity of Osteoarthritis Among Postmenopausal Women -International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 21(7): pp 1137-1145 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30532225
  4. Eftekhar F., Asghari Jafarabadi M., Bahrami Niri S., et al (2013). Comparing the Efficacy of Ginger And Vitamin B6 For Treatment Of Nausea And Vomiting In Pregnancy -Obstetrics & Gynecology Science 56(6): pp 439-445 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24264471
  5. Mansour M., Tehrani Hr R., Mirghafourvand M. Effects of Zingiber Officinale On Mood States In Postmenopausal Women–A Randomized Controlled Trial -Menopause 22(10): pp 1088-1095 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25571628
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