Skip to main content

The Health Benefits of Ginger: From Anti-Nausea to Lower Blood Pressure & Beyond


Do suffer from motion sickness in cars, airplanes or on boats? The benefits of ginger can relieve your motion sickness and make you healthier!
Pickled ginger, ginger beer, gingerbread, gingersnaps.
We come across these forms of ginger pretty regularly. After all, ginger tastes great!
Warm and spicy, people have used ginger root for centuries to flavor everything from vegetables and meats to tea and desserts. In medieval Europe, it was a condiment on the table along with salt and pepper. In taverns, people used to sprinkle powdered ginger in their beer to make the first "ginger ale."
What we often call ginger root is actually the underground rhizome of the ginger plant and much more than a tasty addition at the table. The benefits of ginger and its medicinal qualities make it an effective treatment for a variety of ailments.
Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda recommend ginger root to heal digestive troubles and decrease inflammation, and new research supports that this ancient cure has modern healing power!

The Power of Ginger

Ginger has amazing health benefits and can help with these conditions:
  • Osteoarthritis. Ginger is an effective osteoarthritis treatment, specifically for the knee.
  • Inflammation. Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents called gingerols.
  • Nausea and vomiting. People experiencing motion sickness often use ginger to alleviate their symptoms.
  • Morning sickness. Pregnant women have found relief using ginger to eliminate morning sickness.
  • High blood pressure. Ginger can decrease blood pressure and acts as a blood thinner.
  • Digestion. Ginger promotes the production and secretion of bile from the liver and gall bladder, helping to improve your digestion of fats.
  • Free radical damage. Ginger is an amazing antioxidant and offers considerable protection against free radicals.
  • Radiation exposure. Ginger has been shown to protect your body from radiation, possibly in conjunction with its antioxidant capabilities.
  • High blood sugar. Ginger can help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • High cholesterol. One study found that ginger can lower blood cholesterol levels, possibly pointing to ginger as an effective treatment for heart disease.
  • Cancer. In lab tests, ginger extracts were found to destroy ovarian cancer cells. Another study found that the gingerols may inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer.

Body Ecology and Ginger

Because ginger has so many amazing health benefits, we use it in a variety of recipes.
Here are some ways you can enjoy ginger:
  • Ginger Tea - Boil several slices of ginger root in one quart of water for about 15-20 minutes. Add Lakanto all-natural no-calorie sweetener to taste, then let the tea sit for a half hour or more. You can make your Ginger Tea stronger or weaker depending on your taste.
  • Harvest Soup - This is a great fall soup and especially healing when you add ginger.
Ingredients:
1 - 2 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil, ghee or butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 - 5 medium carrots, chopped
3 medium red potatoes, chopped
1 medium fennel bulb with stalk and leaves (optional)
Broccoli stems from one bunch of broccoli, chopped
Sea salt or Herbamare to taste
Ginger and/or Curry flavoring to taste
Directions:
  1. In stockpot, sauté onion in oil, ghee or butter.
  2. Add other vegetables and enough water to cover.
  3. When vegetables are tender, purée ingredients and
  4. return to the stockpot.
  5. Add more water to achieve desired consistency, Celtic Sea Salt, or Herbamare and other seasonings.
  6. Simmer 10 more minutes and serve.
Ginger is an effective osteoarthritis treatment and can ease motion sickness. Experience the benefits of ginger for yourself with pure, organic powdered ginger today!
For a wonderful source of antioxidant ginger, we recommend dried ginger from Vital Choice.
Ginger, and all Vital Choice spices are:
  • Non-Irradiated
  • Free of MSG
  • Certified Organic
  • Certified Kosher

Sprinkle on Health

Add some ginger to your favorite foods today. Whether you're looking for an osteoarthritis treatment, suffer from nausea or just want some antioxidant protection, the benefits of ginger are universal, and delicious!

Sources:

  1. "Ginger may useful in treating osteoarthritis pain," AllAboutArthritis.com.
  2. R.F. Ahern, "Mal de Mer," Geocities.com. http://www.geocities.com/freighterman.geo/seasickness.html
  3. Sahelian, Ray, "Ginger," RaySahelian.com. http://www.raysahelian.com/ginger.html
    Ginger, TheEpicentre.com.
    http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/ginger.html
  4. Ginger, WHFoods.org. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

Popular posts from this blog

Weekend with Home Chefs #3 - David D'Souza

Welcome to the third episode of the "Weekend with home chefs series". In this episode we are introducing to you Mr. David D'Souza, a home chef with a great passion towards cooking and enjoys Goan cuisine very much.
Before proceeding to the interview, you will have to know a bit about the Goan food. It's spunky; it's got personality and is seriously addictive! Authentic Goan food is one of the biggest reasons tourists flock to this glorious tourist destination.  A brief introduction to Goan Cuisine It's a potpourri of flavours: beef, pork, coconut, jaggery, cashew and an endless variety of seafood. A lot of Goan dishes like Prawn balchao and Sorpotel are well known and relished around the world.

Goan food has many similarities with Portuguese food and this is mainly because of Portuguese inhabitants who lived there for almost 450 years. Goans didn't take after their prominent use of garlic in every dish, but definitely latched on to their flair for bread-…

Weekend With Home Chefs #4 - Melissa Martins

Once again Chef’s Special series, introducing Melissa Martins from Vasco De Gama, Goa a culinary expert and pastry chef bringing baking to life … from developing and inventing recipes to sampling some of the finest ingredients, confections, spices and sweets, there is, admittedly, much to love about a gig like this….

Introduce yourself – tell us a bit about yourself My name is Melissa Martins. My little home enterprise named after my daughter RENEES GOODIES specializes in baking and cooking varied types of cuisines. I am based in Vasco da Gama, Goa but my unequaled palate of sight, taste, and touch has been displayed through my creativity in baking and cooking enabling me to cater across Goa. I am a passionate foodie who loves cooking and baking, with a mix of creativity and talent , the food business has become a full time career spanning a spectre of 20 years.. I specialize in wedding cakes, traditional Goan food etc. ensuring every event that I cater to is an unique experience wi…

Handpicked Vegetarian Restaurants in Dubai

Yea. I am trying to be a vegetarian for some time. Found time to visit few restaurants in Dubai to try some different and authentic vegetarian delicacies. I am a hardcore non-veg eater but after visiting all these places I felt like I am falling in love with vegetarian food. Here comes my personal favourites. 1. Rasoi Ghar
A hidden gem! First impressions... It is packed! I do not exaggerate when I say that there were hoards of families just waiting and waiting for a table.

Good ambience and good food. It's a Thali concept restaurant with Gujarati and Rajasthani food. Reasonably priced at AED 45. Along with a wide variety of everything what you will love is the staff. Right from the hostess to the servers, they are all pleasant and love to feed you . So if you have a big appetite and do not have much time to waste . This place is a must try. They are all proactive and you will be done before you know it.

We started off with a glass of jaljeera followed by a platter of snacks! Whic…