Ginger might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “oldie but a goodie” but after reading this, your perspective will change.
One of the most ancient and healthiest spices known to man, ginger, is packed with nutrients that have life-changing benefits on the human body and brain.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant which is widely used as a spice and also as folk medicine. Ginger comes from rhizomes; a rhizome is an underground stem of some plants that send out roots and shoots from its nodes.
It is an herbaceous plant which grows annual pseudostems which is a false stem made of the rolled bases of leaves. Zingiberaceae is the name of the plant family of ginger.
It is believed to have originated in the tropical rainforests of the Indian subcontinent to Southern Asia. Ginger came to Europe through the spice trade.
It has also been used by the Chinese and Indians for over 4,700 years and was a priceless commodity during the Roman Empire trade around the coming of Christ because of its medicinal properties.
Why is ginger so good for you? Allow us to tell you why!
Ginger can be used as an oil, juice, dried, fresh and in powdered form. It could be added to processed foods and cosmetics. Ginger has a rich array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients just for you.
Some of which are, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Niacin Thiamine, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc. However, despite the 115 different chemical components in ginger, its curative ability stems from gingerol, the oily resin from the root that acts as an immensely potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is the major and most active component of fresh ginger. These substances, especially gingerol, have been evaluated scientifically and these researchers support the regular use of ginger.
Check out the wonderful benefits of Ginger:
* Strengthens Bones
Ginger is known to boost bone strength and ease joint pain. Gingerol which is powerful anti-inflammatory compounds have been closely linked with improvements in knee inflammation and associated pain, as well as subduing inflammatory compounds like cytokines and chemokines at the root before they begin to affect the body.
Ginger represents both a preventative measure and a treatment for inflammation and its associated pain.
* Removes Excess Gas
Ginger is an effective carminative, that is, it induces gas elimination. Excess gas does more harm than making one uncomfortable as it can be dangerous to one’s health.
Too much gas built up in your system can force upwards and put pressure on delicate organs in the torso.
Ginger forces the gas down and out in a healthy way and also prevents additional gas from building up again.
* Aids in Digestion
Ginger has been found to be a regulator of the digestive process. It controls high sugar levels that disrupt digestion and soothes the stomach, thus, maintaining its regular rhythm.
Furthermore, ginger has certain compounds that improve the absorption of nutrients and minerals from the food we eat.
This is why ginger is also frequently used as an appetizer as it can stimulate the appetite while preparing the digestive system for an influx of food.
* Curbs Nausea
Studies have shown that ginger helps in stopping nausea usually connected with pregnancy, occasional sickness, and chemotherapy.
Its rapid absorption and swift regulation of body functions cure nausea without the occasional side effects of modern medications.
Ginger can also increase sexual activity, prevent menstrual cramps, and treat diarrhea, amongst others.
Wouldn’t you rather have a ginger today