GINGER: World’s Most Versatile Spice As the world’s most widely cultivated spice, ginger may also be the world’s most versatile, evidence-based natural health remedy. Numerous studies have been conducted on the medicinal benefits of this wonder spice for over 100 health conditions. It has a long history of use, and as a testimony to its numerous benefits, it remains a component of more than 50% of all traditional herbal remedies.
Health benefits of ginger
Digestive issues: The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.
Nausea: Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.
Pain reduction: Daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (severe pain during a menstrual cycle).
Inflammation: Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. Ginger has also shown promise in clinical trials for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Improve Brain Function and Protect againstAlzheimer’s disease: Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process. They are believed to be among the key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. There is also some evidence that ginger can enhance brain function directly.
Protection against Colorectal Cancer: Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
Helps in treating Burns: Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.
Nutritional breakdown of ginger
Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:
Carbohydrate – 17.77 g
Dietary Fibre – 2 g
Protein – 1.82 g
Dietary fibre – 2 g
Sugars – 1.7 g
Sodium – 13 mg
Vitamin B6 – 0.16 mg
Calcium – 16 mg
Iron – 0.6 mg
Vitamin C – 5 mg
Potassium – 415 mg
Magnesium – 43 mg
Phosphorus – 34 mg
Zinc – 0.34 mg
Folate – 11 mcg
Riboflavin – 0.034 mg
Niacin – 0.75 mg
Iron – 0.6 mg