But not only is Ginger a culinary spice, it’s also a medicinal marvel. Ginger root or its official scientific name, Zingiber Officinale, has been used for years in traditional Chinese medicine to “warm up” digestion. That means Chinese doctors would use the herb to relieve nausea, diarrhea, or other digestive woes. Your mom may have given it to you as ginger ale to calm an upset stomach. You may even drink ginger tea for indigestion.
Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Research shows that gingerols help stop the formation of cytokines, immune cells that trigger pain.
Here’s more good news about this powerful herb: Ginger root is also rich in cannabinoids. That’s why ginger is among the 7 ingredients found in the Emerald Health Phyto-Cann complex, which helps enhance and rejuvenate your endocannabinoid system [ECS].
The Endocannabinoid System and You
The endocannabinoid system may be one you don’t know much about. Your endocannabinoid system … ECS for short … plays a vital role in your body’s overall health. In fact, it is solely responsible for your state of homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the Zen of your body, the very thing that keeps you in balance. Balance is so important to everything you do whether that’s waking up on the right side of the bed in the morning, staying on schedule at work or remaining calm in the face of a crisis.
What is a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are the compounds found in your endocannabinoid system and are described as “lock and key” receptor sites. Along with cannabinoids, there are two main receptors they bind to and they are cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2).
There are three ways to activate your cannabinoids:
- Endocannabinoids – These are the compounds that your body makes naturally
- Phytocannabinoids – You get these compounds from plants
- Cannabimimetics – Synthetically made compounds
Ginger Root and your ECS
Ginger root has undergone a battery of tests and has been studied extensively. The chief health benefits of ginger root are as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and a great way to keep your gut healthy.
Inflammation plays a very important role in your body, particularly in your joints and tissues. Ginger can help relieve sore muscles, reduce tissue swelling around affected joints and help improve range of motion. This is all part of your peripheral nervous system controlled by the CB2 receptors.
CB2 plays a large role in the health of your peripheral nervous system so it’s no surprise that ginger is a key player too. This system is anything that is not your brain and central nervous system. It includes muscles, joints, tissues, and tendons.
Ginger root is also known to help lower the risk of diabetes. A recent clinical trial showed a 12% reduction in fasting blood sugar levels with a ground ginger supplement taken every day for 12 weeks.
CB1 – Your Brain and Central Nervous System
One of the key areas targeted by your ECS and its CB1 receptors is your brain and central nervous system. Ginger has been shown to play an important role in helping boost your ability to remember things. It may also help improve attention span and learning abilities.
Imagine being able to keep cognitive decline at bay without using prescription medication, being the one everyone counts on to remember the way home from a party and engaging in new activities that keep your mind sharp and your attention focused.
A Healthy Gut
It’s one thing to have an occasional upset stomach from eating too many rich or greasy foods. It’s something entirely different when your stomach starts to affect your overall health.
Your gut contains 70% of your immune system so if that’s out of balance, the majority of your health could be off kilter as well. Making sure that ginger root is a key ingredient in your endocannabinoid supplement will go a long way to helping you stay active, healthy and in balance.