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- inflammatory||Ginger 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 potassium||Good 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 antifungal||Effective in combating common ailment like cold|
|Antioxidant, anti-cancer||Coupled 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.
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.