Health Benefits of Ginger
Health benefits of ginger cannot be over emphasised, as it is very good to relieve Nausea, Motion sickness, Pain and loss of appetite to mention.
Ginger have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It is a very popular cooking spice especially in China, Indonesia, India and Australia. In some part of East Africa, it called Tangawizi. Ginger is originally from Asia but found its way to Africa through trade routes.
Scientific analysis has shown that ginger root (rhizome) contains oleoresin which has hundreds of bio active components, some of which may contribute to the effectiveness of the body system. The most common compounds that have been extensively researched are gingerols and shogaols. Gingerols are the major constituents when it’s fresh but when dried, most of the gingerols will be dehydrated to form shogaols.
Digestion is ease by the phenolic compounds present in ginger. These compounds help to ease Gastrointestinal (GI) irritation by suppressing gastric contractions as fluids and foods move through the GI tracts. It also treats chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) by acting as a catalyst to speed up emptying the stomach.
Ginger tea is diaphoretic. It enhance sweating, warming the body from within which relief the body from cold and flu during cold weather. At the same time, consuming ginger tea seems to reduce feelings of Nausea especially morning sickness during pregnancy.
To prepare ginger tea, slice about 20g-30g of ginger, deep inside boiled water. Add lemon or honey to add to the flavour and additional benefits to the tea.
It reduces the symptoms of dysmenorrhoea which is the severe pain women go through during their menstrual period. Scientific study has shown that daily consumption of raw ginger reduced exercise induced muscle pain as a pain reliever.
Research has shown that ginger supplement is a very good medicine to treat inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis (degeneration of joints in the body) which is a very common health problem.
Some of the foods we consume have high influence on LLD Lipoproteins (bad cholesterol). Bad cholesterol enhances the risk of heart disease. Research has shown that ginger powder can significantly reduce the amount of cholesterol in the body system.
Some of the Nutrients Present in Ginger
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6