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Ginger spice of life | superfood

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

Ginger is a plant that originated from China and it is related to turmeric, cardamon & galangal. Part of the stem is what is commonly used as a spice. Ginger can be used in several different ways; fresh, dried, powdered, juice & oil. It is a great spice to cook with; it has a strong yet lovely smell. A few slices of fresh ginger root in hot tea is not only delicious but also very soothing.

Ginger has a history of many uses in both traditional & alternative medicine and has been used to help with digestion, reduces nausea and can help to fight off the common cold & flu.

Ginger has a bioactive compound which is called gingerol, which is responsible for the strong smell and for much of its medicinal properties. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects

Chronic indigestion or pain & discomfort in the upper part of the stomach

can be caused by a slow emptying of the stomach, which can then cause indigestion. However studies have shown that ginger can speed up emptying of the stomach.

Menstrual pain can possibly be reduced by using ginger for pain relief. In a study, 150 women took 1 gram of ginger powder a day, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period. It showed ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as drugs such as ibuprofen.

Chewing on raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for treating nausea, and can also work well with motion sickness.

Ginger can possibly help lower the risk of infections. The extract has shown to reduce the growth of many different types of bacteria. One type of bacteria it is very effective against is the oral bacteria associated with inflammatory diseases in the gums, like gingivitis.

Ginger is considered a superfood and deserves to be such!

I love the flavor & aroma of ginger. It is great fresh, and it can be frozen if you aren't going to use the amount you have relatively quickly. Just put it in a ziploc bag & it will last in the freezer a lot longer than in the fridge. When you are ready to use it, take it from your freezer & let it thaw before slicing or mincing.

Get some ginger in your life! It truly is the spice of life!

Ginger

Nutrition

Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:

In 100 grams of fresh ginger root:

79 calories

17.86 g of carbs

3.6 g of dietary fiber

3.57 g of protein

0 g of sugar

14 mg of sodium

1.15 g of iron

7.7 mg of vitamin C

33 mg of potassium


Other nutrients in ginger are:

vitamin B6

magnesium

phosphorus

zinc

folate

riboflavin

niacin


Some of the info in this article is from Joe Leech, MS on June 4, 2017.

He wrote:

Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.

And from Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php

the risks below are from the Medical News Today article:

Risks

The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider ginger to be a food additive that is "generally recognized as safe."

Natural ginger will cause little or no known side effects for most people. In some, however, a high intake may worsen symptoms of acid reflux, irritate the mouth, and cause diarrhea. Taking ginger as capsules may help reduce the risk of heartburn.

The effectiveness and side effects from ginger supplements will vary by brand and formulation, but people are advised not to take more than 4 g of dried ginger a day, or 1 g during pregnancy, including food sources. Scientists urge caution when using supplements, as these are not standardized.

Anyone who is pregnant, or who has gallstones,, diabetes, or a blood clotting disorder should discuss first with their doctor whether to increase their intake of ginger. Ginger supplements should not be used with aspirin or other blood-thinning medications.

Scientists note that many of the compounds in ginger have not been fully investigated, and not all of the claims for ginger have been supported by research. However, many of those that have been studied appear to show promise for medicinal purposes.

It is better to seek dietary sources of nutrients rather than supplements, and to consume them as part of an overall diet, rather than focusing on one item.



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