Ginger is best known for its aphrodisiac properties, but it conceals many other medicinal and therapeutic virtues! Anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant…
Here is an overview of the thousand and one indications of this herbaceous plant, traces of which can be found 3,000 years ago in Chinese and Indian writings. Today, it is above all its rhizome that is consumed in many forms: fresh, dried, powder, capsule, herbal tea… Let’s discover the health benefits of ginger.
What does ginger contain?
Knowing the composition of ginger is useful for understanding its multiple therapeutic indications. To begin with, this secular plant is naturally rich in minerals such as phosphorus, manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, and even magnesium.
But its exceptional richness does not stop there since it is incredibly rich in vitamins (C, B1, B2, and B3). Its rhizome contains lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, and starch. In short, enough to make a perfect little healthy cocktail!
Ginger promotes digestion
This is probably ginger’s greatest strength. Natural stimulant of the metabolism, the rhizome would have an action on the bile production and would stimulate the enzymatic activity involved in the digestive mechanism.
Result: digestion takes place more quickly. On the other hand, the regular consumption of ginger ensures the balance of the intestinal flora, relieves the digestive tract, and promotes the digestion of fats. This is also why it has the reputation of being a “fat burner” condiment.
Ginger reduces nausea
Rich in gingerols and shogaols, ginger is officially recognized by the World Health Organization as a natural antiemetic component, that is to say, effective in fighting nausea and vomiting. A virtue that delights all pregnant women who are prone to this type of disorder during their pregnancy.
But its field of application goes beyond that since the rhizome is also used to reduce vomiting following chemotherapy treatment.
Ginger eases pain
Among the 100% natural anti-inflammatories, ask for ginger! Less known than the others, this health benefit is nevertheless proven. Arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, low back pain… Many ailments can be relieved by this ancestral plant.
Indeed, ginger alters the secretion of prostaglandins. However, this hormone is involved in the implementation of the inflammatory process.
Ginger fights fatigue
Particularly rich in vitamins, trace elements, and mineral salts, ginger has established itself among the main natural tonics sold on the market. Endowed with stimulating and revitalizing properties, this plant is particularly indicated in the event of a temporary drop in tone.
It is also an excellent antiviral and antibacterial which helps to strengthen the immune system and, thus, to avoid the pangs of winter diseases.
How to consume Ginger?
To benefit from the various benefits of ginger on your health, it is advisable to ingest it daily. Grated, infused, sprinkled… It’s up to you to choose which form you prefer! If you opt for internal use, powder, tincture, and herbal tea are preferred.
Of course, you can also consume it fresh by accommodating it in your small dishes. For external use, ginger essential oil and mother tincture will be more appropriate.
Precautions for use
Ginger can be consumed by everyone and at any time of the day as long as the therapeutic dosage is respected. However, some contraindications to its consumption exist.
Thus, ginger should not be ingested before surgery, as it is an anticoagulant. In the event of a medical prescription, remember to inform your attending physician of your ginger consumption so that he can check for possible drug interactions. If you are pregnant, it is advisable to obtain prior medical advice before testing its virtues.