Ginger is one of my favorite spices.
It has a long history of use as a remedy for digestive issues as it soothes and relaxes the intestines.
Ginger adds zest to any recipe and it’s super good for your health.
It’s one of the safest remedies to end nausea and vomiting. It’s so safe that it’s often recommended for pregnant women to help with morning sickness.
Here are 10 stellar health benefits you’ll get from ginger.
1. Anti-inflammatory & reduces pain
Ginger fights inflammation. It’s good for problems like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Gingerols are the components in ginger that fight cancer cells. It gives its unique pungent flavor. Gingerols prevent the growth of and kill cancer cells.
3. Detoxifies & protects liver
Ginger, protects the liver from toxins like ethanol and carbon tetrachloride. If you take prescription or over the counter drugs, you definitely want to add Ginger to your diet.
4. Helps with weight loss
Ginger generates heat in the body and increases the metabolic rate.
It’s a useful component of a weight loss plan as it helps suppress appetite.
5. Improves digestion
Ginger is a carminative, meaning it eases gas and is used to treat digestive issues. It stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, bile, pancreatic and intestinal juices.
The majority of the ginger extracts are polyphenolic compounds which are strong antioxidants.
7. Immune booster
Gingerols and shagols in ginger help boost the body’s immune defense. They increase the number of T- lymphocytes and other immune cells to fight cold and flu virus.
8. Heart health
Ginger extracts lower bad cholesterol levels and slow plaque formation.
9. Improves circulation
It is a stimulating spice that helps blood circulation. The warm sensation that happens after drinking ginger tea is proof. The warmness generated inside opens the pores of your skin and allows you to sweat. This improves the blood flow to the entire body.
10. Helps blood pressure
Ginger opens up the blood vessels carrying blood to the heart and the rest of the organs. This eases the need for high pressure to pump the blood to various organs.
How to Use Fresh Ginger
Fresh ginger is better than dried ginger powder because it is more flavorful. Fresh has more active anti-inflammatory agents than the dried form. Choose fresh, mold-free pieces of ginger.
The color of the ginger flesh is red, white or yellow, depending on the plant variety. Yet, varieties have a tan brown outer skin.
The thickness varies depending on how early it was harvested.
4 Ideas To Get More Ginger
- Grate ginger on rice and pasta dishes to improve digestibility.
- Use fresh cut ginger pieces in green smoothie for an anti-inflammatory boost.
- Use ginger paste in preparing rice risotto dishes, and vegetables cooked in coconut milk.
- Ginger is available in other forms – dried, pickled, candied, crystallized, powdered or ground.
My favorite way to enjoy ginger is as a tea, a perfect drink to soothe and heal!
Ginger Tea Recipe
4- 6 thin slices of ginger
1.5 or 2 cups fresh water
Juice of lemon for taste (optional)
Raw honey (if you want a sweetener)
How to make it?
Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a sauce pan
Add the fresh sliced ginger and simmer for 5 minutes
Switch off the heat and allow it to steep for 10 minutes with a lid on.
Strain the water to remove ginger.
Enjoy hot or cold.