Ginger is from the Zingiberaceae family. It is a flowering plant that is widely used as an edible spice and for its natural health remedies. Ginger grows indigenously in China, it eventually spread to Asia and West Africa, and was exported to Europe by Asia.
Interesting facts: In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England invented the Gingerbread Man from her love of ginger and Shakespeare wrote in Love’s Labour Lost, “had I but one penny in the world thou shouldst have it to buy ginger-bread.”
Ginger has a sweet spicy flavor and is often used in culinary dishes. This calming spice is also used to treat many conditions like reducing infections and as treatment for autoimmune diseases.
Ginger root has many effective compounds such as shogaal and gingerol making it a beneficial natural medicine.
Additional constituents of ginger include:
1,8-cineole, 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol, 8-shogaol, acetic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, alpha-phellandrene, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpinene, alpha-terpineol, arginine, ascorbic acid, beta-bisolene, beta-carotene, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, boron, caffeic acid, camphor, capsaicin, chlorogenic acid, curcumene, gingerols, sesquiphellandrene, zingiberene, resins, starches, fats, proteins.
Dietary information of Ginger:
Dietary fiber: 50%
Vitamin E: 90%
Vitamin B6: 42%
Vitamin C: 12%
Scientific research has confirmed the effectiveness of ginger in many different treatments and preventative care of certain types of cancers. This spice reduces inflammation, relieves fatigue and muscle pain. Used as a daily supplement, ginger can prevent migraines, painful menstrual symptoms, hypertension, and even liver damage caused by the use of certain medications.
Health benefits of ginger include:
Aids digestion, excess gas, diarrhea, bone heath, disinfects and detoxifies, is a known aphrodisiac, increases blood circulation, calms nausea and the flu. Other treatments are currently being researched such as vertigo, intestinal worms and for emotional support.
2 Tbs lemon juice, 1 inch piece of fresh peeled ginger root, 2 Tbs raw honey, 8oz of water. Boil the ginger in the water, remove from heat, strain and let the ginger water cool. Add honey and lemon to the tea and drink the tea.
Peel a 1 inch piece of ginger root and chop it into small pieces. Pour hot water over the chopped ginger and let it steep. Strain and drink the ginger tea.
Boil a few cut up pieces of fresh, peeled ginger root. Strain the ginger from the water. Add a tea bag of Earl Grey to the infused water as well as a cinnamon stick and honey for sweetness, enjoy drinking this wonderful brew.
•Menstrual cramps and nausea:
Eating candied ginger from the health food store is a very convenient and effective treatment.
•Sore throat and cough:
Boil 8oz of water with one inch size piece of peeled fresh ginger root. Strain and let cool. Add 1/8 tsp of fresh ground black pepper, 1 Tbs raw honey and a lemon wedge. Drink the tea.
Take ginger powder daily, a recommended dose of 3-4 grams of ginger powder.
•Treatment of the chills during an illness:
Cut 10-12 thin slices of fresh, peeled ginger root. Measure 4 cups of water, juice from 1 Orange, juice from 1/2 of a Lemon, 1/2 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup. Boil water and ginger slices for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey and fruit juices to the infused boiled water. Consuming several cups consecutively will elevate the bodies temperature and encourage perspiration. This treatment will warm the body, break a fever and also reduce congestion.
Drinking ginger tea after giving birth can cause the uterus to contract, helping stop uterine bleeding.
Ginger Precautions: Ginger is a blood thinner, if you are taking prescription blood thinners, have a bleeding disorder, or have gallbladder disease don’t take medicinal doses of ginger. Pregnant women should be cautious in their use of ginger, it can stimulate the uterus.
Although there are warning in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and some medical texts about use of ginger during pregnancy, ginger used in moderation, that is 3/4 teaspoon up to three times a day, poses no risk to mother’s or baby’s health. Studies in the late 1990’s found that eating as much as 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw ginger or 5 to 8 tablespoons of dried ginger daily will NOT stimulate uterine contraction. Excessive use may cause gastro-intestinal upset. If this is a concern for you, consider using Cardamom instead.
* % daily value per 100g for e.g. 100g of ginger provides 1325% daily requirement of manganese.
This information is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician or other health care provider.
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