Ginger

Ginger has been used since ancient times as a natural remedy for many ailments. It is also a common condiment consumed by people regularly as part of their diet especially in the East. So what medicinal benefit does the ginger has? How can we consume ginger?

Ginger is in the Zingiberaceae family which includes plants like turmeric and cardarmon. It has a distinct spicy aroma and we mainly consume the rhizome, which is the underground stem from which the roots grow.

Benefits of Ginger

Anti- inflammatoryGinger prevents overproduction of tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-1 which causes inflammation, pain and damages to cartilage. Hence ginger is effective for rheumatism and osteoarthritis.
Rich in minerials like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassiumGood for nourishing the bone, production of white blood cells in bone marrow and vital for cartilage, tendons, teeths and bones.
Anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungalEffective in combating common ailment like cold
Antioxidant, anti-cancerCoupled with the other properties, ginger can prevent cancer and inhibit tumour growth.
Anti-nausea, antiemetic Helps with seasick, nausea and vomiting. Due to its carminative effect, it helps to break up and expel intestinal gas and hence aids in gastrointestinal distress.

How to consume ginger?

We can take ginger in various forms-fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied, and powdered or ground. In my household, we usually add pieces or strips of ginger in our dishes. You can also grate the ginger and squeeze out the juice to add into dishes or drink it with honey and lemon. For more convenience, you can get the powdered form which is pretty useful. I sprinkle in dishes in replacement of the ginger pieces, use it to make things like the elderberry syrup as per my other posts or simply just add in water to drink it. In fact, just last night my hubby was having tummy upset and a cup of warm ginger drink relieved the distress.

 

Safety

Studies have shown that ginger consumption appears to be very safe with very limited side effects. However, there is not enough studies to study the effects of interactions between drugs and ginger consumption. If one is on long term medication, it is best to seek advice from physician before taking ginger as complimentary remedy in addition to medication.

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Ginger

  1. I’m a huge ginger fan – love it.
    In addition to the usual recipes, I also cut a few thin slices into a cup and pour on boiling water – ginger tea is yummy.
    For another cup, don’t discard the previous slices – just add a few more and enjoy.

    1. Hi Derek,
      Its strange I start to love ginger when I get older. I hate it when I was younger. I take ginger tea regularly as well! Thanks for sharing such as easy recipe.

  2. Wow!
    I didn’t know that Ginger have so many health benefits.
    My doctor recommends me to consume one Ginger every day because of a problem that I have.
    I now understand why.
    Thanks.

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