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Health Benefits Of Ginger


What is ginger

Ginger is commonly used as a spice in various cuisines throughout the world, it is the rhizome/ bulb of the plant zingiber officinale in the family of zingiberaceae. Ginger originated from China then later Spread  to India and southeast Asia.

Name– zingiber officinale

Origin– Indian subcontinent southern Asia

Method– gathered, washed & scraped/ dried & ground for powdered ginger

Plant– flowering plant zingiberaceae

Nutritional values of 100 g of root & 1 tsp powder

  • Calories- 80
  • Sodium- 13 mg
  • Potassium – 415 mg
  • Total carbs – 18 g
  • Dietary fiber – 2 g
  • Protein – 1.8 g
  • Vitamin c – 8%
  • Vitamin B-6 10%
  • Magnesium – 10%
  • Iron – 3%

Health benefits of  Ginger

Ginger has been known throughout history for its various healing benefits such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Motion sickness
  • Pain management
  • Helps relieve headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Multiple research shows that ginger may help reduce the risk of
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Helps treat conditions such as
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammation
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lower Cholesterol levels
  • Reduce swelling
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Decreases the risk of colon cancer

Side effects of Ginger

Ginger is naturally safe if consumed according to the daily recommended intake amount which is a maximum of  4 g per day. If exceeded symptoms may include the following;

  • Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach
  • Mouth irritation
  • Rash
  • Increased bleeding

Ginger is not recommended for pregnant women and could interact with certain medications such as;

  • Blood thinners
  • Diabetic medications
  • High blood pressure medications

Ginger tea for weight loss

  • 1 cup 8 fl oz boiled water
  • 1/ 2 ground ginger
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Mix all the ingredients  above and let sit for 10 minutes. Best to drink before breakfast. This recipe increases the metabolic rate which results and aids in the weight loss process.

Facts about ginger

  • The ginger plant is approximately 30-60 cm tall and is extremely rare to find in the wild.
  • Ginger is used to aromatize the liquid in electronic cigarettes.
  • Ginger is a great yang tonic that boost energy, increases body temperature and vitality.
  • Ground powdered ginger has the highest nutritional value than raw ginger.





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