Ginger is native to Asia and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The root is the part of the plant that is used medicinally. It can be taken fresh, dried, or powdered. Today, it grows well in humid, shady tropical areas throughout the world.
Ginger has a pungent, spicy flavor and is used extensively in Asian cooking. It is also a popular ingredient in many desserts, such as gingerbread and ginger snaps.
While most people tolerate ginger well, it can cause some stomach upset in some people, warranting caution if consumed in excess.
What Nutrients Does Ginger Have?
Vitamins: ginger is a good source of vitamin C, B1, B2, and B3 (niacin).
Minerals: ginger is a good source of iron, calcium and phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.
Phytonutrients: ginger contains gingerols and shogaols, which are two types of phytonutrients that give ginger its characteristic flavor and aroma. These phytonutrients are also powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Ginger?
Motion Sickness: studies have shown that ginger is effective in preventing and treating motion sickness.
General Nausea: ginger is a well-known natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, as well as morning sickness and associated with chemotherapy.
Arthritis: ginger has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in people with arthritis.
Cold and Flu: ginger is a natural remedy for colds and flu, and a natural immunity booster as well.
Promotes Positive Mood: ginger can boost serotonin and dopamine levels to foster a positive mood and alleviate stress.