People in China and India were among the first to discover the benefits of ginger and revolutionized how to use it both in food and medicine.
Ginger is a root best known today for its tasty additions to food. It adds a unique, spicy zest, commonly found in Asian dishes.
This article will help you get back to the essence of using this root. You’ll find out what’s in it that makes it useful, common ginger root facts and how to get it in your body.
You can read up on the history of ginger here.
What’s in this stuff?
Ginger acts as an anti inflammatory that also soothes your body. Ginger is regarded by scientists as a carminative, this is a word used to define any substance that promotes getting rid of intestinal gas.
The soothing ginger benefits come from it being classified as an intestinal spasmolytic, this means it’s a substance that helps to soothe and relax your intestinal track.
Ginger is also contains very potent, anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Gingerols is responsible with significantly reliving inflammation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Gingerols is also responsible for the unique and sometimes hot taste of ginger. Gingerols has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammotry and anti-tumor effect on human cells.
Between gingerols and a few other key compounds, ginger makes for a versatile and potent remedy. Ginger and turmeric share these compounds, which makes the benefits of turmeric just as potent as ginger.
Ginger root facts:
Ginger is highly effective at healing any stomach problems. If you haven’t been feeling hungry, or feel nauseous, give ginger a try.
As said above, ginger is an intestinal spasmolvtic, if you are having issues passing gas it can give you relief.
This is one of the best ginger benefits, the relief comes quickly and it is a natural and inexpensive solution. One of the popular benefits of bananas is its healing effects on your stomach as well.
Use it to boost your immune system
Ginger is also great at reliving sinus problems. It helps to clear the microcirculatory channels of your body. This effect is responsible for the relief that ginger gives to throat and nose congestion.
The nutrients and compounds in ginger will help to boost your immune system when used on a regular basis. It also promotes the effect of healthy sweating which is your body’s natural way of
dealing with any ailments.
Preventing and providing relief from cancer
A study at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer center showed some interesting results – When exposed to a solution of ginger powder, ovarian cancer cells died in every test.
When exposed to the ginger the cancer cells died of apoptosis. In other words, the cancer cells killed themselves from simply being exposed to ginger.
Read the full study here!
According to another study by Cancer Prevention Research in Phoenix Arizona, the components that make up the unique taste (gingerol), are also pivotal in inhibiting the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
How do I use ginger?
Preparing the root
Use a knife to peel off the skin from the ginger root. The skin is edible, but it’s very high in fibre which can contribute to stomach discomfort.
Peeling the skin also makes the root cleaner, especially if you are going to use it to make drinks. Cut off any brown spots you see, the root should be a bright color. Make sure you give it a wash in cold water once it’s peeled.
Can I eat ginger root raw?
Yes! For stomach problems, simply chewing on a piece of ginger root is the quickest and most effective way to get relief.
Cut off a piece from the root and be sure to swallow all the juices. Remember to have some water on hand because it’s spicy!
It’s safe swallow the rind that is left after you suck out all the juices, but most people just throw it away.
Make ginger tea
Ginger tea is also a potent way of getting the medicinal benefits. Simply peel your ginger and put it in a pot covered with water and boil it.
The longer you boil the tea the stronger it will be. Be careful, as ginger tea can become very strong and spicy. However, the stronger the tea, the more ginger benefits you’ll get.
You can also add a spoonful of honey or sugar for taste. Ginger tea is a very effective remedy for stomach aches.
Ginger pills are a super convenient way to get all the benefits of ginger. Ginger pills are a combination of essential oils and ginger, they are great for digestion and nausea.
It can be hard to get children to enjoy the ginger benefits because they may not like the taste, ginger pills are a simple way to alleviate stomach aches, nausea or intestinal problems for everyone.
Make ginger beer
Ginger beer is a home-brewed, way to enjoy the health benefits of ginger. When sold in stores companies usually add too much sugar to fully enjoy the benefits but making it at home is easy.
Take lots of ginger and either cut it up or smash it so that the juices comes out easier.
Then put the roots in a pot with water and bring it to a boil. You’ll be able to tell when it’s ready by the increasingly stronger smell of the ginger brewing.
The stronger the smell, the spicier it will be, so make sure you don’t make it too spicy to enjoy. However, the stronger & spicier the liquid, the more powerful the health benefits from the ginger root will be.
Once it’s done, strain the liquid from the root, add sugar, vanilla and a bit of cinnamon to the liquid. Cool it down in your fridge and serve cold.
You will have made a home-brewed drink that is still healthy enough to get the health effects of ginger. This is probably the tastiest way to enjoy all the ginger benefits.
Ginger is probably the tastiest and most versatile medicine. Be creative and add it in the different meals that you eat. Adding ginger to your morning orange juice can be very tasty and is a great way to ingest ginger.
Ginger also goes great in stir-fry’s, rice dishes or anything that has a little bit of spice. You can get all the yellow ginger benefits in your meals with a bit of creativity!
Next time you have a stomach ache, test out the ginger tea health benefits and see for yourself how well they work!
There are lot’s of tasty ways to enjoy the health benefits of ginger, don’t be afraid to be creative. Ginger root is versatile and makes for a great addition to your diet!
Share your experiences with ginger in the comments! What’s your favourite way to enjoy it?
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