Do Ginger shots actually make you feel any better? We went to find out... taking a ginger shot from The Counter House every day for a week!

By Ben Brown | 31 July 2019

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The world is awash will all manner of health and wellness claims nowadays with a new superfood making an appearance on our shelves seemingly every couple of days – all fighting against fatigue, obesity and whatever else life throws at you.

But how true are these claims and are these things actually good for you?!

Well, as part of a little science experiment I decided to head on over to The Counter House every morning for a week and pick up one of their rather tasty Ginger Shots and see if I felt any different. I expect to be published in a science journal before the end of the year.

Ginger shots are typically made from concentrated amounts of ginger root (Zingiber officinale) which is claimed to help ward off illness and give your poor little immune system a massive boost.

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to cure all kinds of ailments, but they also used to lick toads to get rid of warts so it might be useful to have a look a bit deeper into these claims with some modern eyes.

Ginger itself boasts many anti-inflammatory compounds including a variety of antioxidants, helping to protect your body from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. It’s packed with gingerols, paradols, sesquiterpenes, shogaols, and zingerone – all of which sound like comic book characters but do in fact have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Various scientific studies have been conducted when people with considerable ailments (such as type 2 diabetes) have experienced significant health benefits from taking ginger powers daily – but does this translate to the shots?

Well, as one of the city’s best places for healthy pressed juices and smoothies, The Counter House have an impressive selection of ‘shots’ available – each packing more superfoods than Superman’s lunchbox.

The one I chose to try every day is the ‘Cold Killer’ a concoction of ginger, turmeric, black pepper, lemon and Echinacea.

Okay, so I suppose a week isn’t really enough of a time to make any clear distinctions that my health may have gained from the ginger shots but there are a few things that I did note…

First of all, when I was hungover (which was once too often) the shot got me back up and ready to go almost instantly – a spicy, sharp jolt down anyone’s throat would certainly do that.

Secondly I did find myself with more energy in the mornings after drinking a shot – with no 11am slump or instant lunch time dash out of the door to Gregg’s before I collapse into a heap of lethargic goo.

I certainly did feel some benefits from the shots – my poor joints were less of a hassle and as I said – I had more energy in the mornings. Whether my immune system is a kick-arse disease fighting monstrosity is yet to be seen – perhaps I should re-try again in the winter and see how long I can hold off a cold for.

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