Ginger has been treating ailments for thousands of years. Whether you feel a cold coming on, have an upset stomach, or want to prevent a heart attack, ginger is a great spice to have handy.
Here are 4 big benefits of ginger:
Ginger and Your Immunity
If you are feeling under the weather, ginger can help boost your immunity. It’s an anti-oxidant and anti-microbial (kills bacteria). Ginger has anti-inflammatory agents which inhibit cytokines (which cause pain and swelling).
If you’re feeling congested or have a sore throat, ginger can help with that too! Ginger root tea is great for throat irritation.
Ginger also has amazing effects when it comes to cancer. Studies show that the chemical in ginger called gingerol inhibits pancreatic cell growth which causes pancreatic cancer and also inhibits growth of H.pylori cells (leading cause of ulcers).
Ginger and Circulation
Heart attacks and strokes can be kept at bay with the use of ginger. Ginger stimulates circulation and has natural blood thinning properties. It can help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of thrombosis (coagulation of blood in part of circulatory system).
Ginger and Digestion
This is probably the most widely known benefit of ginger. If you are having stomach issues like gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness, ginger can certainly aid you. It stimulates the production of digestive juices, which are enzymes that break down food into nutrients and regulate appetite.
Ginger and Nutrients
Even if you’re not experiencing a cold or indigestion, ginger is still a great spice that is packed with nutrients! It is high in potassium and contains contains vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, E, B-complex (8 B vitamins), magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium.
It also contains manganese, which is resistant to disease, and protects the lining of the heart, blood vessels and urinary passages. Lastly, it also contains silicon, which promotes healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails.
Wow, can you believe all that? Ginger is a powerful spice, and one you can start adding to your diet today. Wondering how you can start taking ginger? You can start with raw ginger. Other ways include ginger essential oil, capsules, and ginger tea.
Ginger is our ingredient of the month, so check back next week for some ginger recipes just for you!