Ginger Health Benefits
Ginger health benefits have been known for over 2000 years in Asia.Indians and Chinese have considered it as one of the greatest medicinal ingredients to help cure a variety of ailments or simply as an after meal drink to aid digestion.
• Ayurvedic medicine- Indian ancient medicine that focuses on energies in your body, regards ginger as one of the best foods you can eat. For that reason, it was highly sought after by spice traders.
• Ginger is believed to be a native of Asia and was brought to West by Arabian traders about two thousand years ago.
• It was praised by Confucius and a fountain of ginger flavoured water is mentioned in Koran.
• Ginger is an ingredient in about fifty percent of herbal remedies today and the largest producers in the world are India, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Australia.
• Although it contains no sugar or fat, it is a great addition to foods toheighten flavour without the extra calories.
• Ginger, just like potatoes, is a kind of a tuber that is used to store nutrients and it is a part of a plant called Zingiber Officinale. It comes from the same family as cardamom, galangal and turmeric and grows underground.
Ginger Health Benefits and Nutritional Value:
• Ginger has anti toxic, anti fungal, anti viral, anti bacterial and anti histamine properties that are available in cold and flu tablets, anti-biotics and cough medicine.
• Gingerol compound gives ginger its unique taste and it offers a variety of benefits from relieving digestion and migraine headaches to reducing nausea.
• Zingibain compound in ginger has the ability to chemically break down protein, offers anti-inflammatory properties and makes ginger a great herb in treatment of arthritis.
• Ginger contains protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin C, manganese, silicon, magnesium, copper, vitamins B3 and B6, essential oils and twelve types of anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals and help treat many disorders.
• Honey and ginger juice four times a day is believed to relieve sore throat and clear up bad coughs.
• Ginger juice, hot water and honey is used as a natural aphrodisiac, although not proven you may want to see it for yourself.
• Ginger has the ability to reduce the levels of triglycerides and bad LDL cholesterol, and prevent heart complications.
• Ginger’s gingerol has a blood thinning effect similar to that of aspirin and it inhibits the formation of blood clots which can block arteries and lead to strokes or heart attacks.
• Ginger’s enzymes catalyse protein digestion in the stomach quickly, calm an upset stomach and help you avoid travel and sea sickness, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Cancer patients suffering from nausea as a side effect of chemotherapy, people who are undergoing surgery and pregnant women can also benefit from ginger’s anti-emetic properties.
• Anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help with conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and muscular discomfort where pain is caused by inflammation.
• Zingibain in ginger may boost your immune system as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral, it may help you fight off cold and flu viruses.
• A research paper in International Journal of Obesity suggested that ginger helps weight loss by burning calories and by making tissues use more energy.
• Anti fungal properties in ginger may provide protection against a variety of fungi from different strains.
Recommended Ginger Dosage:
Fresh ginger juice is quite potent in terms of active substances and enzymes, so you will only need a teaspoonful, not more! With powder, the recommended dosage is 1 to 2 grams and this is equal to 10 grams of fresh ginger or 2ml of ginger extract. Please also look for a dose of 200mg or 20% of gingerol in supplements to benefit from ginger health benefits.
Forms of Ginger:
Ginger is available in many forms and are used differently in each culture: Oil, liquid, capsule, dried herb or tea, powder, tablet, soft gel, fresh herb and candied herb. If you like the taste of ginger, you can use fresh ginger root or powder for cooking, tea, and honey drinks.
Ginger Side Effects and Dangers:
• Ginger health benefits are quite varied and ginger is considered a very safe herb but like anything, it should be consumed in moderation.
• Please do not use ginger in excess as it can cause stomach upset and belching if used excessively. It may also interfere with blood thinning medications like warfarin.
• If you are not used to spicy stuff, go slow with ginger juice as it is quite spicy- it may lead to burping and flatulence by releasing the trapped gas in your intestinal tract, also heartburn and nausea.
• It may also affect people with kidney stones as it contains moderate amounts of oxalate.
• Ginger juice is quite potent and DO NOT give ginger juice or honey to infants or young children.