Ginger is a very versatile plant that has been used for millennia not only as a spice in culinary, but also used in the preparation of home remedies and widely used by Chinese, Japanese and Ayurvedic medicine in the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases.
So, ginger has been used as an anti-inflammatory, relieving menstrual bleeding and pain, as a natural medicine for everyday gastrointestinal problems, in the control of appetite, etc.
The power of this root is associated with the high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory content, as well as other biological activities found in its components.
Ginger is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and phosphorus. It also has vitamins B6 (pyridoxine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), vitamin C and folate.
In addition to these long-term well-known benefits, in recent research, scientists are also proving that ginger shows significant role in the prevention and treatment of numerous diseases. Likewise, some bioactive components of this root, such as gingerol, paradol and shogaol, shows antitumorigenic activities which can prevent and have the potential to be a weapon against cancer.
Besides ginger, other super powerful medicinal herbs like cardamom and turmeric, known as curcumin or curcuma, are part of the same family of healing plants with the same high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ability but, these herbs are not as simple to be used and absorbed by the body as ginger is.
In this way, ginger with its great healing power has proven potential to prevent and treat a variety of health problems from the simplest to the most serious illnesses as listed below:
1 - nausea (including nausea in pregnancy), vomiting, diarrhea, helps improve bowel motility, heartburn,
2 - colds, sore throat, bronchitis and cough infections
3 - headaches and migraines
4 - cardiovascular health, improves circulation, lipid enhancement, atherosclerosis, lowers blood pressure (hypertension)
5 - anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, controlling the aging process
6 - reduces the sensation of hunger accelerating the metabolism, fat burning, weight loss
7 - prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases (arthritis and rheumatism)
8 - improves immune function
9 - Detoxifies, protects against toxins and radiation
10 - antimicrobial potential, which may help in the treatment of infectious diseases
11 - antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic properties
12 - Reduces the risk of colon and gastrointestinal cancer
13 - improves cognitive function
14- reduce vertigo
15 - relieves menstrual pain and heavy bleeding
16 - relieves muscle aches
17 - enhancing and protecting testosterone production
18 - protects the liver
19 - diabetes mellitus, significantly lowers blood glucose and HA1c levels
It is incredible! Isn’t it?
Well, with all these benefits in mind remember that ginger can be used and consumed in several ways including: fresh, dehydrated, powdered, preserved, crystallized and ground. Or even in the form of supplements.
So, in order to enjoy and maximize the benefits of ginger in your health, you must include this medicinal root in your daily diet.
Then, you can use ginger in the preparation of soups and various dishes, desserts, tonics, teas, juices, with water or, in the way that you best prefer.
What does it cost to try?
In addition to the numerous health benefits, this is a delicious spice herb that is inexpensive and accessible to everyone.
Next, one easy way to include ginger in your daily routine is in the form of tea (always chose the fresh and organic ginger root). And. here is the recipe:
Fresh Ginger Root Tea
In a small saucepan add 4 cups of filtered water and 3-4 inches of ginger root, sliced
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer, 5-10 minutes
Turn off the heat, cover pan with the lid, let it rest for 10 minutes
Add in each cup of tea one teaspoon of raw honey (optional) - (do not add the honey while the tea is very hot in order to keep alive its enzymes).
Drink it 2 to 3 times a day or, as desired
If this recipe is too strong for you to drink, start slow and add as much of ginger root as you tolerate.
It is beautiful to see that nature wisely left us with everything we need.
So, I hope this article encourages you to make this simple and effective change in your lifestyle, including this powerful medicinal plant in your diet.
And please, don’t forget to leave a comment on how are you planning to include ginger