The Health Benefits of Ginger

A Tradition of Herbal Medicine

Often used as a warming spice in global cuisine, ginger is a pungent, warming, and aromatic addition to many dishes. It is possibly most well known for giving curries and stir-fries an authentic zesty kick. It has been relied on for centuries in the tradition of herbal medicine. Ginger benefits health in a variety of different ways.

Both fresh and dried ginger is readily available, in most supermarkets throughout the year. Fresh ginger however, is reputed to yield more potent health giving qualities than the dried version of the plant. Fresh ginger is often referred to as: ginger root. Although ginger is not a root by definition. It is actually called a: rhizome. The root-like rhizome can be stored, for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.

It is prepared by firstly peeling the bark-like outer skin off with a knife. What then remains is the yellow, slightly woody part. This needs to be chopped finely and fried to make it softer, before adding it to the dish of your choice.

The Health Benefits of Ginger

There is a whole host of health benefits to discover, associated with this simple plant!

Health Boosting Nutrients

One health benefit of ginger is that it contains a selection of nutrients. These are needed by the body for maintaining optimal health. The helpful spice provides a perfect source of: vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.

Stimulates Blood Circulation:

Ginger benefits the systems of the body by stimulating the flow of blood around the body, and to the all important vital organs.

Aids in Digestion:

It aids the digestion, by aiding the stomach in breaking down fatty foods and proteins.

Combats Sickness

Ginger is relied on by pregnant women with morning sickness, to soothe away the symptoms. It is loved by travellers who suffer with motion sickness.

Anti-inflammatory:

The anti-inflammatory compounds contained in the rhizome, benefit those suffering from Arthritis. Recent scientific studies show that the anti-inflammatory effect is much milder than modern medicine. Ginger however, may be taken in conjunction with other medications.

A Natural Decongestant/Cold Remedy:

Ginger helps to unblock the nose if you are suffering from the symptoms of a cold. It has long been relied on for the warming properties it possesses. Therefore, it has a reputation for breaking a fever by enabling sweating.

Anti-fungal

Like many plants, ginger is anti-fungal. It is know to fight fungal infections. Properties which provide the plant with the capacity to fight mold and fungus, are also of benefit to humans.

Antihistamine

Mild antihistamine qualities help with allergies like hay fever.

Antioxidant:

Ginger is a powerful antioxidant for cleaning the body's systems. Recent studies show that many spices contain beneficial antioxidants.

A Tasty Spice with Health Benefits

Try some fresh ginger in a curry today, and experience this wonderful exotic spice with an Eastern origin, in the purest and strongest, health boosting form. Add fresh garlic to the pot during the last 10 minutes of cooking time for the perfect culinary fusion and taste sensation! Something that is this tasty, with the added health benefits ginger has to offer -is too good to be missed!

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Sushma Webber 4 years ago from New Zealand

I use fresh ginger in my cooking. I like using it often. I also use it to make ginger tea when I have a cold. Thanks for the hub.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

I do too Sushma. I love it in cooking. Thanks for your comment.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

An informative hub. I will try this ginger.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

It is great stuff indeed. Thanks for commenting Anna. Hope you enjoy this warming spice.


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Jaspals 4 years ago from India / Australia

Health benefits of ginger stretch from increasing circulation to helping with indigestion as well as being an ingredient in many dishes from around the world and is easy to incorporate into many simple and quick dishes as part of your daily diet. You have written a useful hub.


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Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

I remember that when I was young and had gas pain, my mother would slice in half a piece of ginger and heated it over live fire, bundled it with a piece of cloth and put it over my navel. Soon, I'd fart and much relief happened. Ginger is really useful for cooking and herbal cure. Good sharing.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I love ginger tea! Especially when it's morning, no school and raining.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

Thanks for your comments Jaspals.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

A soothing pick me up as well then Unknown Spy. Thanks for paying me a visit here and commenting.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

A trapped wind cure also then. Thanks for sharing the information Lita and for your comments.


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Its a brilliant hub with very interesting informative materials...that people should know all about.


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Bruce Clark 4 years ago

All I knew about ginger is that it adds up spice and taste to a particular viand. I didn't it has solid benefits for our body. Thanks for the knowledge! Vote up.


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Phelcky 4 years ago from Denmark

I didn't know about all these health benefits. All I know is that I really like the taste and smell of ginger. When I'm cooking for myself I'm always using it. But the rest of my family don't like.

Useful hub! voted up + shared on facebook :)


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

Thanks Alex. I am glad that you found it interesting.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

I am like you Phlecky. I cook it and eat it myself now and again even if noone else does. Thanks for: commenting, the vote and sharing.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

Thanks for the comments and vote Bruce. Ginger is healthy bonus for the body as well as tasting good.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Ginger is great and adds to the flavor of the dish and has great benefits.Informative and useful.


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

Thanks for commenting Vellur and for the votes.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

That was until many years later only then I started "accepting" the ginger...yes, after knowing the many benefits of it...thanks for the sharing DAWNEMARS, it's useful!


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe Author

Thanks for visiting me here Injured Lamb. Your comments are very welcome.

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