Ginger - Nutritional and Health Benefits
Ok, this week we will talk about ginger.
Ginger has a unique flavor that is zesty, woody, earthy, peppery, with a kick of heat. In my opinion, ginger, like the egg, is one of the very few “superfoods” actually worthy of the term. It can be consumed fresh, as a spice (grounded), as an extract or oil, in capsules, or as a juice. I love it as a tea or in my tea, in my juice, in many cakes and cookies but also in my vegetable stir-fry, or any Asian dish. It has so many uses.
But now, let’s see the incredible nutritional and health benefits of ginger 😊
- Ginger is a great natural remedy for seasickness and morning sickness. Its most well-known ability is to reduce vomiting and nausea (including chemotherapy-related and post-surgery nausea).
- Ginger is your best friend when it comes to digestive health. It appears to speed up gastric emptying which can be a huge relief for people suffering from functional dyspepsia, indigestion, acid reflux, and stomach discomfort in general.
- Ginger has been shown to improve blood pressure by expanding the blood vessels, which results in decreased blood pressure, lower risk of blood clotting, and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
- Another impressive benefit of ginger is its anti-cancer properties which can be attributed to 6-gingerol. Studies have shown that ginger may block cancer cell growth and development in ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
- Many women suffer from menstrual pains. There are over-the-counter medications to provide symptom relief to this specific pain, but studies showed that ginger reduces pain as effectively as drugs like ibuprofen.
It’s important to keep in mind that if you are taking any medications to slow blood clotting, they interact with ginger and might increase the chances of bruising or bleeding.
Also, please keep in mind that although ginger is considered to be safe for pregnant women, it is better to talk to your doctor before consuming it in large amounts.
To sum up, ginger is very versatile to its benefits along with its uses. It is a great nausea remedy, it offers relief to stomach discomfort, it loves the cardiovascular system, it has anti-cancer properties, and it is super effective against menstrual pain. Eat it or drink it – choose your way - just put it in your diet!