Health benefits of Ginger
25th June, 2017
Ginger known as Zingiber officinale is one of the most popular ingredients used in cooking throughout the world. Traditionally used by Chinese herbalists for more than 2500 years to treat colds and digestive problems, today this powerful plant is used for a wide variety of conditions.
So what are the great health benefits of ginger?
Ginger is used most frequently to aid digestion; ginger is believed to stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. This also aids in associated effects of poor digestion such as Halitosis (bad breath) and Flatulence (wind) as the foods that are consumed are digested properly.
Ginger is great for pregnant women who are suffering from severe cases of morning sickness, ginger offers a safe, and effective relief simply by taking sips of it as a tea.
Ginger is also beneficial to those who suffer from motion sickness from traveling. Taking sips frequently can be more pleasant to someone with nausea than trying to drink a large mug of ginger tea too quick.
Ginger has great benefits throughout the cold periods. Ginger is a great circulatory stimulant. This does not only mean it helps in keeping you warm by improving blood flow but it also aids in preventing the onset of cold and flus.
Ginger contains strong anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These naturally occurring compounds may aid with inflammation which is beneficial for those suffering from osteoarthritis.
So what is the best way to take ginger?
There are numerous ways to include ginger into your life.
Ginger products can be bought in a dried form as a powder, oil, and tinctures or extracts. However, as a Naturopath I would suggest using fresh ginger. You can do this by adding ginger directly into your meals or by making your own ginger tea.
Making Ginger tea is simple!
Simply place 4-6 thin slices of ginger root in boiling water for approximately 10 minutes. You can then add honey or lemon to taste and enjoy its benefits.
To aid with digestion drink Ginger tea 30 minutes before a meal. For motion and morning sickness have frequent small sips and for inflammation and circulation try having one –two cups of fresh ginger tea a day.
So next time you are shopping add ginger to your list and take advantage of the great health benefits this herb has for you!