What is ginger good for
Ginger root is easily available in nearly all grocery stores, and it’s a great treatment option for joint pain, vomiting, nausea, and more. Not only does ginger taste great, but it has some medicinal properties as well. Here’s a closer look at the different medical issues ginger can treat, as well as the best way to consume ginger.
For thousands of years, ginger has been used as a medicinal herb to help treat hangovers, gas, nausea and other digestive problems. More recent studies have also found that ginger helps to address inflammatory problems and is useful for protecting the gastric mucosa.
Ginger also helps to improve absorption of nutrients in food, increasing the availability of essential nutrients within the tissues of the body. The more mature a ginger plant is, the more aromatic and delicious the ginger is. Ginger is also safe to use every day.
The following are great reasons to begin using ginger regularly.:
① Effectively Treats and Prevents Nausea and Vomiting
Many studies have shown that ginger works well at treating and preventing nausea, particularly when it comes to seasickness. Ginger has also been proven to effectively treat and prevent vomiting in pregnant women.
Conventional medications could be harmful to the fetus, but ginger is very safe to use. You only need a small amount of ginger to get the great results, and it has no side effects.
② Improves Digestion
Another reason to use ginger is because it helps to improve digestion. It aids in the absorption of important nutrients, stimulates the digestive system, absorbs toxins and gasses, and also helps your skin to release any toxins.
③ Prevents Colon Cancer
Ginger contains an active ingredient known as gingerols. This ingredient gives ginger the delicious taste, and it may also help to prevent colon cancer as well, according to recent studies. Research has shown that ginger may be effective for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.
④ Reduces Inflammation
If you deal with arthritis pain, then regularly consuming ginger may be an excellent idea. The gingerols found in ginger offer anti-inflammatory properties. Various studies have shown that ginger can help to effectively treat various rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Individuals studied found that taking ginger helped to improve agility, reduced swelling, improved movement, and reduced pain gradually.
⑤ Boosts the Immune System
Ginger makes you feel warm on a cold day, and it can make you sweat in a healthy way, which helps to reduce fevers from the flu or a cold. The sweating may give your immune system a boost, helping your body to better cope with the problem. Recently, researchers in Germany found that sweating can trigger immune system substances that help to fight off infection.
⑥ Treats Ovarian Cancer
The University of Michigan did a study that showed that the gingerols in ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells, providing an effective treatment for this type of cancer. Ginger has been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Ginger can help reduce inflammation in cell components that occur due to ovarian cancer development, and they can also reduce the components that are responsible for cell distribution and proliferation. While chemotherapy works in much the same way, it could result in cancer cells developing an immunity to the drug.
How Much Ginger Should You Consume?
Since ginger is very concentrated, you don’t need a lot to enjoy all the health benefits it has to offer. For example, if you are dealing with nausea, add an inch or two of fresh ginger to some hot water, making tea. That should be enough to calm nausea.
If you’re dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, you can use even smaller amounts of ginger in tea or food every day. However, individuals that consume more ginger daily report they enjoyed faster, improved relief.
Purchasing and Storing Your Ginger
It’s best to use fresh ginger instead of dried ginger. Fresh ginger is much stronger, both in taste and its health benefits, since it has more anti-inflammatory ingredients and gingerols. Fresh, young ginger should have smooth skin and be stiff when you touch it.
You don’t have to peel this type of ginger. However, if ginger has been on the shelf awhile, the skin may be very hard so it will need to be peeled.
After you purchase fresh ginger, store it for as long as three weeks in the refrigerator unpeeled. You can also store unpeeled ginger in your freezer for as long as six months.
If you have dried ginger powder, seal it in a glass jar and store it in a dry, dark, cool place. Putting the powder in the refrigerator can allow it to last for up to a year.