Ginger is among the healthiest spices on the planet, and is the one thing we recommend you to have in your kitchen at all times. Not only is it a wonderful addition to your cooking, but it has a huge amount of health benefits. We give you the lay of the land when it comes to this super spice!
Ginger looks a little like a small, rounded, brown cactus and is available all year around. It’s a warming spice and comes from the same family as turmeric and cardamom. The root of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, as juice or in oil form.
Although ginger originated in Southeast Asia, it was widely cultivated in other countries. It has been traded throughout history longer than most other spices, and is said to have healing powers. We give you five reasons to why you should eat ginger.
Ginger appears to be highly effective against various types of nausea, like seasickness, nausea after surgery, morning sickness and even chemotherapy-related nausea. The exact reason is still unknown, but it seems to work, so maybe try that next time. If you’re pregnant keep in mind not to eat too much or consult with your doctor first.
Ginger is ideal for improving food absorption and avoiding stomachache. It aids the digestive tract by toning muscles in the intestine and stimulating the breakdown of food particles. This promotes motility in the gastrointestinal tract and assists in transporting food and other substances out of the intestines.
We have all heard that we should eat ginger when we feel under the weather. This is because ginger has natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help to fight the flu virus. It has actually been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia.
Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and helps reduce pain and inflammation. It also appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the period. So ladies: ginger is the answer!
Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.
Unsure how to add this super spice to your diet? We give you three ways to use ginger
A ginger shot is the perfect way to kick start the day and both warms you up and keeps you gives you instant energy. Juice a big chunk of ginger and pour it down (like you would with tequila)! Or if you need a shot for the flu, try his one.
If you have a sore throat or an upset belly, some gingerly love will do the trick. Just add some slices in a cup of hot water or add it to your tea.
Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy soups. Try our healing pumpkin soup and add some extra ginger if you’re up for it.
By: Henriette Danielsen