Health Benefits Of Ginger

Grated Ginger Root

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What Is Ginger

Ginger is a herb which is used for its therapeutic qualities and as a spice. The underground stem is used powdered, fresh, dried, or as a juice or oil.

This herb is part of the Zingiberaceae family, as are turmeric, galangal, and cardamom. For over 2,000 years, the ginger has been used to help treat diarrhea, nausea, digestion and stomach upsets in China.

2,000 years ago, ginger was exported to the Roman empire from India, where it has been considered a valuable medicine for its therapeutic and as well as culinary properties, too. Arab traders controlled the supply of ginger’s trade in Europe for hundreds of years, even after the Roman empire has fallen. Later, ginger became a popular ingredient in sweets.

Health Benefits

Ginger has been known for its effectiveness in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. When it comes to herbal medicine, ginger is also known as intestinal spasmolytic and excellent carminative. This herb has a lot of health benefits and some of them are listed below.

Several Health Benefits Of Ginger

Eating a fresh ginger before lunch you can fire up the digestive juices and stroke a dull appetite. The herb improves assimilation and absorption of essential nutrients in the body. You can clear ‘microcirculatory channels’ of your body. Ginger reduces flatulence.

Ginger can prevent tummy’s groaning and moan under cramps. If you are under joint pain, ginger can bring relief with its anti-inflammatory properties. By chewing ginger, after the operation, you can overcome nausea. Ginger tea helps to get rid of throat and nose congestion.

Ways To Use Ginger

Ginger In Your Juice

Put some ginger root in your juicer with apples, a little lemon juice, and carrots. This is very tasteful and healthy.

Ginger Dessert

Even a small amount of grated ginger on your strawberry sorbet or vanilla pannacotta can wake up the flavor.

Ginger And Herb Rice

Cook basmati rice and when you’re done take the lid off the pan. Stir in ginger, finely chopped garlic, fresh cilantro leaves and green chilies.

Risks And Precautions

The use of ginger can interact with other medications or herbs. Therefore, before taking ginger it’s important to talk with your doctor. Please, keep in mind that you shouldn’t take the herb if you take blood-thinning medications (e.g. aspirin) or suffer from a bleeding disorder. Side effects are rare with the consumption of ginger, but the may include heartburn, diarrhea, mouth irritation and stomach upsets.