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What You Don't Know About Ginger

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Gina Praise is a student of University of Ibadan studying her dream course Diet and Nutrition (Bsc)., our body reflects what we put in it.

WHAT REALLY IS GINGER?

  • Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and a folk medicine. It is commonly used in many Asian, Ayurvedic, and middle eastern foods, With a scientific name Zingiber officinale. It has also been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be powdered, in oil form, dried as a spice,consumed fresh or as juice.. Not to mention it’s crazy-versatile- it can be added to your smoothie, grate some for stir fly and sip as tea or added to soup., it can be consumed in many forms.

Today, ginger is on the FDA’s list of generally safe foods and is often used to mask the taste of bitter medicines such as cough syrups


GINGER PROPERTIES:

  • Ginger Contains Gingerol, a Substance With Powerful Medicinal. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, it is also rich in carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and protein. [2] In terms of minerals, it has sodium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Vitamins in it include vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and niacin.
  • .Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain and Soreness
  • Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness. ...
  • Ginger has a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
  • Over 100 active compounds have been identified in ginger, fresh or dried. All of these compounds are anti-tumor, while some of them have antioxidants, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory,antimicrobial, and liver-protecting activities

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER.

  • It can reduce pain: Due to the Gingerol compound it contains, it quash inflammation and turn off pain-causing compounds in the body.
  • Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion: It appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
  • Ginger May Significantly Reduce Menstrual Pain (dysmenorrhea): Due to the high levels of prostaglandins which contribute to increased menstrual cramps in women, Ginger helps reduce the levels of this hormones which is the chemical messengers, and key activators of symptoms such as cramps, pains, and fevers.
  • Ginger helps in boosting Heart Health: It protects the cardiovascular health by lowering the bad cholesterol LDL and increasing the good cholesterol HDL LEVEL. it also reduces the risk of blood clot thereby regulating the hypertension and keeping your health at check.
  • Ginger controls disease and detoxify the body.
  • Due to the presence of Gingerol, it helps to inhibit virus, baterias and fungi infections. It also help to maintain your oral health thereby killing the pathogens n the mouth region. Its antibacterial properties help ward off pathogenic bacteria that cause urinary tract infection (UTI), bronchitis, and pneumonia.
  • It increases sexual activity.
  • Ginger May Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Ginger Contains a Substance That May Help Prevent Cancer.
  • Ginger Can help with Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness.
  • Detoxifies the Body: Ginger is good at promoting sweating. Sweating cleans out the pores and allows your body to eliminate toxins.

HOW TO STORE GINGER:

It can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. However, you should peel, cut or grate it only before using it. If you want to store a cut piece of the root, dry it first so that it doesn’t rot away.

This method is super good for get the above benefits and boosting your immune system,

  • Hot water
  • Two tablespoons of fresh grated ginger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Half a tablespoon of honey.

According to Jessica Perez, a registered dietitian. “I firmly believe ginger is one of the best natural forms of medicine,” she says. “It helps with so many inflammatory processes.

GINGER USAGE AND DOSAGE

  • Ginger dry extracts are stronger than ginger powder or fresh ginger. The typical dose rarely exceeds 1g/day. For boosting cognition, 400 – 800 mg/day was used in clinical studies
  • Capsules with dried ginger usually contain about 1 g of ginger, a dose that worked well as a digestive aid in studies
  • 1 g/day was used for reducing nausea in studies
  • 750 mg – 2 g/day could reduce menstrual and PMS symptoms
  • 2 g/day of dried or fresh ginger has been researched for reducing inflammation.
  • Ginger tea or a water extract is used for fighting the common cold and for digestive symptoms.
  • Fresh ginger could ward off cold viruses in cellular studies.

Ginger Risks and Side Effects

Ginger seems to have little or no side-effects. However, have in mind the following:

  • Some people are sensitive to ginger.
  • Ginger may aggravate heartburn.
  • Ginger may reduce blood clotting, so consult your doctor if you are taking blood thinning medications .
  • The effects of long-term supplementation are unknown.
  • Ginger may reduce the activity of liver enzymes that break down nutrients and drugs. Consult your doctor about any drugs you are taking

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