Health Benefits 101: GINGER

There’s something very comforting and relaxing in a cup of water or tea with ginger. There’s this certain soothing feeling every time you sip it. But ginger is most commonly known with its flavor and spice when added into certain dishes. Ginger is an ancient spice with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know that ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet? It’s because it is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

What is Ginger?

Ginger is a tropical flowering plant that originally grew in Southeast Asia but is now widely available from growers around the world. It’s classified as a member of the Zingiberaceae family, making it a close relative of turmeric.

Ginger can be eaten fresh, dried and stored as a spice, or made into tablets, capsules, and liquid extracts. There’s about 2 percent of essential oil in the root, which is used in the cosmetic industry as a fragrance in soaps and beauty products.

Do you know what makes this vegetable a Superfood? See the following health benefits of ginger below:

RELIEVES DIGESTION

Ginger helps in regulating high sugar levels and soothing the stomach, thus, maintaining its regular rhythm. It may also help move food from the stomach to the small intestine for digestion and absorption.

REDUCES PAIN

Ginger contains substances known as gingerols that quash inflammation and turn off pain-causing compounds in the body. It has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, the severe pain that some women experience during a menstrual cycle.

REDUCES BAD CHOLESTEROL

A small recent study stated these findings, demonstrating that control groups who consumed 3g of ginger (that’s about half a teaspoon) three times a day experienced a significantly higher reduction in triglyceride and cholesterol than the placebo group.

HAS ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES

Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger support your body area off germs. According to research, ginger has a great potential in the treatment of many microbial diseases [such as Bacillus and E. coli.

ADDITIONAL FACTS

With all the health benefits ginger has to offer and all the different ways you can consume ginger, it’s a no brainer to start incorporating it into your daily life! It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing vegetable, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of apple.

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