Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. It is closely related to Tumeric, Cardamom and Galangal . It originates from China.
Over the years, studies have shown the various uses and advantages of Ginger. Ginger can be used fresh, dried , powdered , it could be used as an oil or juice. Ginger contains Gingerol which is the active substance used for medical purposes.
Ginger as Food.
Ginger is one of the most delicious spices on the planet, also one of the healthiest . It can be used as an alternative for salt and sugar. It can be blended with your pepper to make stew, it can be used as a spice when boiling beef, fish, chicken, or turkey. It could be brewed to make herbal tea.
Health Benefits of Ginger.
There are many benefits of ginger in relation to the health.
For wherever it hurts.
i) Stomach Upset: Ginger can help with tummy issues. However, it doesn’t prevent food poisoning or counteract the ingestion of harmful substances. This means when an harmful substance is taken, it doesn’t reduce the force of the substance working.
ii) Menstrual Pain : Ginger works as good as Ibruprofen. 1g of ginger powder per day for the first 3 days of menstrual period.
iii) Muscle pain and soreness: Ginger is effective in reducing muscle pain that’s caused by exercise . Although, the effect may not be immediate, but the pain reduces daily.
iv) Headache: Ginger is also an effective way to reduce headaches that last too long.
Ginger aids Digestion .
According to studies, ginger speeds up the digestion rate by 50% in healthy people (people without problems with digestion). While for those who have chronic digestion, it speeds up digestion from 16 minutes to 12 minutes.
It also helps get rid of unwanted pounds in the body.
Lowers blood sugar.
Ginger has powerful anti-diabetic properties. According to a study carried out in 41 participants with type 2 diabetes in 2015, 2grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%.
May prevent Cancer.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Raw Ginger , according to study and research, contains large amounts of Gingerol, of which when 2g is taken per day, reduces pro-inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon. Although, further studies of individuals at a high risk of colon cancer did not confirm these findings . However there may be some evidence that ginger may be effective against breast cancer and Pancreatic cancer .
Lowers the risk of infection.
Gingerol which is the bio active substance in ginger, helps lower the risk of infections .
Stops morning sickness and nausea.
1-1.5 g of ginger prevents or stops nausea , and morning sickness. For pregnant women , see your doctor for prescription of amount required for intake.