Ginger has been used in medicine, cooking and manufacturing for centuries. It’s a very versatile plant that can be used in various forms: powdered, dried, fresh, and as oil or juice. Ginger is a wonderful source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, silicon, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, and beta-carotene. No wonder that ginger boasts so many incredible health benefits.
1. Ginger relieves gastrointestinal disorders
Ginger is believed to be one of the most efficient cures for stomach issues. It tends to accumulate in gastrointestinal tract and ease abdominal heaviness. Ginger is also a good cure for abdominal distention and flatulence due to its ability to egest gas from the intestine. Upset stomach, colic, diarrhea can be also relieved and avoided by adding ginger to your diet. Ginger is also famous for its appetizing properties. Not only will it stir up a poor appetite, it will also promote better assimilation and absorption of nutrients in your blood.
2. Cures sickness
Ginger is a real boon for you, if you are prone to motion sickness, especially sea sickness. Ginger is absolutely safe and more effective way to cure vomiting than usual commercial drugs. A little bit of ginger powder can relieve and remove all symptoms of sickness like vomiting, dizziness, cold sweating and nausea. Ginger is also a blessing for expectant mothers on early stages of pregnancy. Eating ginger reduces the risks of birth defects, adverse or side effects.
3. Reduces inflammation and pain
Ginger is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that ginger’s active agents are as effective as those of popular analgesic. Ginger is a must-have if you suffer from severe menstrual cramps. It also helps to relieve migraine headaches, muscle pain, back and joint pain. Drinking a tea with a small slice of ginger root is an easy way to alleviate headache and have a sound sleep. When I want to cope with sore muscles after a good training, I add a couple of drops of ginger oil to the water and soak in the bath for 20 minutes.
4. Prevents cancer
Ginger root is fortified with powerful antioxidants that help prevent cancer. A study shows that ginger can slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells and can help reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. Ginger can also help to prevent other types of cancer, such as breast, lung, skin, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Add a little bit of ginger to your morning smoothie or tea regularly and reap all its cancer prevention and fighting properties.
5. Boosts immune system
Daily consumption of ginger can guard you against getting cold and flu during a winter season. This plant is rich in zinc, chromium and magnesium, which stimulate blood circulation and reduce chill, excessive perspiration and fever. Lemon goes well with ginger and it’s another immunity boosting agent. Drinking a lemon ginger tea on a daily basis will help you to stay healthy and cheerful during any season of the year.
6. It gives zest to dishes
When I discovered a magnificent flavor of ginger it became an irreplaceable ingredient in my kitchen. I love its sweetish taste and the poignancy and flavor it gives to any dish or drink. Ginger is utterly versatile spice; it can be added to desserts, main meals, starters and beverages. Apart from traditional Asian cuisine, ginger is commonly used as a usual ingredient in baking or roasting. Sometimes I also add ginger to poultry, meat and fish to vary its taste.
7. Helps to lose weight
You can easily reduce your food consumption and lose some pounds by adding ginger to your diet. Ginger promotes satiety, which means you need fewer calories to feel full. Ginger is also believed to be a natural powerful agent that suppresses hunger and appetite. I recognize ginger as an essential ingredient for weight loss because it’s low in calories and it’s thermogenic. Plus, it helps to speed up metabolism and burn fat.
8. Ginger is a powerful aphrodisiac
Ginger has been used as a powerful aphrodisiac for thousands of years. Ginger possesses an ability to increase sensitivity and circulation. Ginger is highly diaphoretic, which also contributes to its aphrodisiac properties. So the next time you plan a romantic evening at home, don’t forget to include ginger into your menu.
Ginger has many health benefits. It’s non allergenic and it does not require special prescriptions. However, you should be careful with the daily dose. Herbalists suggest that you take no more than 4 grams of ginger per day. Remember a little bit goes a long way. What’s your favorite way to consume ginger?