Go Ginger! - Proven health Benefits of Ginger
If you don’t like ginger, you will want to like it by the time you discover what you have been missing!
Classified as a member of the zingibereraceae family, close relative to turmeric, and with the scientific name, “zingiber officinale,” Ginger is one of the most popular dietary root condiments known for its medicinal potential all over the globe.
It contains gingerol which explains its medicinal potential and natural oils which gives it fragrance and flavor. It is mostly used in the Asian part of the world for cooking, medicinal purposes and cosmetics.
Ginger is also known as Amomum Zingiber, Ardraka, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Gan Jiang, Gingembre, Ginger Root, Imber, Jengibre, Jiang, Kankyo, Kanshokyo, Nagara, Race Ginger, Racine de Gingembre, Rhizoma Zingiberi, Zingiberis Recens, Sheng Jiang, Shoga, Shokyo, Shunthi, Srungavera, Sunth, Sunthi, ghimbir, Vishvabheshaja, and several other names according to tribe, country or geographical location.
There are lots of benefits that can be derived from the consumption of Ginger whether fresh, dried, grounded, crushed or fermented. From nausea relief to relieving muscle pain, Ginger proves to be a multi-purpose herb.
Health Benefits of Ginger
- Ginger reduced gas; During digestion, gases form in the intestinal tract causing discomfort but the formed gas can be eliminated by the enzymes in ginger. Ginger acts on digestive enzymes and help digest food faster.
- Nausea repellent; Studies have shown that the consumption of Ginger can eliminate nausea. A study in 2012 showed that out of 70 people who used ginger, 58 of them reported that the nausea failed to persist. It was therefore concluded that ginger may stop nausea especially during pregnancy.
- Reduces cancer risks; The consumption of Ginger according to studies have shown that it may reduce the risk of cancer. This is traced to the antioxidants found in ginger.
- Eases muscle pain; regular consumption of Ginger eases muscle pain over time. The presence of gingerol repels soreness in the muscle.
- Relieves menstrual cramps; ginger helps to reduce period pains effectively. Antioxidants found in ginger have special effect on pain generally.
- Improves blood sugar levels; Ginger can also be used not solely as a diabetes treatment but as an additive to the treatment of it. It causes the production of insulin on the long run. It also reduces blood sugar levels to lower risk of being diabetes.
- Fights diseases; Ginger immune the body system if taken regularly.
- Dental benefits; Ginger repels oral bacteria. It strengthens the gum and at the same time whitens the teeth. In case of a tooth aches and inflammation, application of ginger to affected areas can send germs packing and cause relief in the mouth.
- Skin care; Ginger is used in the preparation of skin care products. It soothes sore skin and smoothen the skin overtime.
- Reduces inflammation; According to research, most diseases are caused by high inflammation. Ginger is an excellent prescription to people with arthritis as it contains antioxidants that battle inflammation of sorts in the body.
- Burns fat; If you want to lose some weight, try taking ginger in the morning as tea. Ginger helps to break down fats in the body and burns them gradually.
Ginger can be used in many ways and for many purposes. Below are the ways you can make use of ginger;
Ginger as food seasoning!
Spice your food! You can use ginger as a spice in your stir fry, soup and other types of food too. All you need to do is grate a considerable amount of Ginger and sprinkle. Not only does it give you nutritional values, its aroma is divine. Don’t forget to add a little ginger today!
Ginger as tea!
Also called tisane, ginger tea is used as home remedies. A common way of consuming Ginger is tea. Rinse ginger, slice into a pot or kettle, pour water into it and boil to extract the juice from it.
You can add milk, honey, and cayenne pepper, cinnamon or lemon juice to please your taste buds. Intake may be dangerous if not used moderately but is of great benefit if used accordingly.
So, before you make ginger tea, ascertain the amount to be consumed from your doctor to get the right effect. The health benefits of Ginger tea include nausea relief, pain relief, aids digestion, improves dental set, stops cold and strengthens the immune system. Ginger tea is better when Ginger is fresh, the ginger tea bag is processed already therefore it has lesser benefits than the fresh ginger.
You can also grate ginger and add to boiling water to speed up the juice extraction process. If you want, you can also add turmeric powder to the water to enhance tea quality. Just make sure to sieve after boiling to remove particles so you can enjoy your tea. Additional benefit of tisane is that it works against bad breath as it breaks down the saliva
Ginger as cosmetic ingredients
Ginger contains about 40 antioxidants that promote skin quality and slow ageing. These antioxidants increase the production of collagen in the skin thereby reducing inflammation and skin damage. You can also bath with ginger to prevent bacterial infections and to bath injuries too.
Ginger as Hair Product
If you want to improve hair growth and quality, you might want to try ginger. It contains compounds that promote hair growth and compensate hair loss. Ginger also combats dandruff in hair.
Does ginger have side effects?
Well, yes. Ginger has some side effects when used excessively. Ginger can cause heart burn, diarrhea, and extra blood flows in women during menses and stomach disorder. Other side effects of ginger include when used excessively include;
- Mouth irritation
- Increase heart problem
- Extra bleeding tendencies
- Low blood pressure
- Lower sugar blood excessively
- Skin irritation
- Bloating and tummy discomfort
All in all, ginger may be a good home remedy but it is advisable that it is used in the correct measures. Consult with your doctor in case you want to start ginger treatment so as to prevent further complications.