In this video, we’re going to talk about a helpful remedy for those with painful menstrual periods—ginger! On the first day of a woman’s period, a big change happens in the uterus. These changes happen to the muscles, blood vessels, and inflammation levels. This is due to hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins help regulate inflammation when tissue is damaged. When someone takes an NSAID, like Ibuprofen or Aspirin, this can block certain enzymes that make prostaglandins. Unfortunately, there can be some side effects to NSAIDS: • Indigestion • Ulcers • Headaches • Dizziness • Drowsiness • Allergies
The phytonutrients in ginger can act as potent inhibitors of prostaglandins. In fact, studies have found that ginger can be just as effective as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and caffeine for pain related to menstruation. Of course, ginger doesn’t carry the same side effects as medications do. It can even support your digestion. Ginger seems to be an even more effective remedy for menstrual cramps if you have it at the beginning of your period.