Ginger is believed to help with nausea, arthritis, and heart disease. Asain cultures have also used it for years to help with digestion. It is also believed to stimulate cell activity, hence the inclusion in some supplements as of late.
But does it directly aid in weight loss? Let’s see.
As of yet, research is inconclusive as to the effectiveness of ginger as a weight loss supplement. Of the two studies that I found, one supported the idea while the other opposed it. One study ((Journalof the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, 2005, 125(2), 213-217)) showed that it helped to reduce body weight in mice, while the other ((Journal of Medicinal Food, 2007, 10(1), 184-188)) stated that it was “ineffective in causing wieght loss or in suppressing food intake.”
More research is needed to be done to determine the true effectiveness of ginger in weight loss. As it stands now, don’t count on it doing very much to help you lose weight.