Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. As one of the oldest and most common natural remedies, ginger has numerous health benefits and is super versatile to use.
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My mom is obsessed with this nutrition-packed superfood. Anytime one of us starts to get sick, she brews up some hot water, grates some ginger, splashes a hint of lemon juice and forces the goods down our throats. I wasn’t a big fan of it when I was younger because of its pungent taste, but now that I know of its healing power, I can relate to my mom’s obsession.
What are ginger’s health benefits?
Ginger has been used in Chinese Medicine for centuries and is known for its natural medicinal properties:
Ginger is best known as a natural remedy for morning sickness, nausea and motion sickness. In a study, it was even proven to be more effective than a common drug prescribed for motion sickness.
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that helps your body get rid of toxins and provides a natural cleanse to help sustain your immune system.
In 2015, a study came out revealing that ginger contains a compound that can be 10,000 times more effective at killing cancer cells than chemotherapy. Numerous studies show that ginger seems to prevent cancer by causing cancer cells to commit suicide.
4.Promotes good digestion
By promoting the release of various digestive juices/enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid, ginger helps relieve intestinal gas and bloating.
5.Relieves muscle aches and pain
Linked with a strong anti-inflammatory component, ginger helps alleviate muscle soreness and joint pain by reducing inflammation and helping your muscles relax.
6.Prevents stroke and heart disease
Studies have shown that if consumed regularly, ginger can reduce cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of blood clotting and promoting healthy blood sugar levels.
Ginger’s antibacterial properties help to flush out mucus and congestion in the sinuses and lungs.
How to use ginger to reap the benefits
Since ginger has a potent taste, start by adding a small amount of ginger to your daily meals. Once you have a feel for how it tastes and how much you like, you can gradually add or reduce the amount you include in your foods.
Make ginger tea by cutting a few pieces of ginger and steeping it in boiling water or using a pre-made ginger tea bag. You can even grate it and splash it on top of your tea. This cinnamon, honey and ginger tea is one of my favorite ways to consume it.
Juices and smoothies
Ginger is a great addition to any juice or smoothie, giving it the little kick it needs. Try adding an inch of ginger to your favorite juice in the mornings.
Ginger is commonly used in many Asian-inspired dishes. It’s popular in stir-fries, soups, sauces, dressings, and marinades.
Where to buy ginger?
Fresh/raw ginger root is found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Ground ginger also works and my favorite is Simply Organic.
Part of the turmeric family, ginger’s many health benefits and healing properties are why so many people have hopped on the ginger train (to join my mother and I) and include it in their daily routine.
Do you consume ginger regularly? What’s your favorite way to add it to your daily meals?