Why ginger is so good for you. Important things you should know about ginger
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine.
It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers.
Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforest in Southern Asia. Although ginger no longer grows wild, it is thought to have originated on the Indian subcontinent because the ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation.
Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as a result of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,404 kJ (336 kcal)
Sugars 3.39 g
Dietary fiber 14.1 g
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.046 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (14%) 0.17 mg
Niacin (B3) (64%) 9.62 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (10%) 0.477 mg
Vitamin B6 (48%) 0.626 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 13 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin E (0%) 0.0 mg
Calcium (11%) 114 mg
Iron (152%) 19.8 mg
Magnesium (60%) 214 mg
Manganese (1586%) 33.3 mg
Phosphorus (24%) 168 mg
Potassium (28%) 1320 mg
Sodium (2%) 27 mg
Zinc (38%) 3.64 mg
Ginger is a common part of culinary delicacies. Its soothing effect is used in the treatment of infections and autoimmune diseases.
Ginger enhances digestion, reduces flatulence, treats diarrhea, strengthens bones, acts as a detoxifier, offers aphrodisiac power, stimulates blood circulation, relieves nausea and treats symptoms of flu. Researchers suggest that it may be used as a remedy for vertigo, intestinal worms and emotional support.
For this remedy you need 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, an inch-sized piece of fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of raw honey, 8oz of water. First, boil the ginger, take the pot off the heat, strain the liquid and cool your ginger tea. Sweeten with honey, and add in the lemon juice. Enjoy your tea.
Chop an inch-size peace of ginger. Add it to a cup of hot water, and let it steep as usual. Strain, and drink your tea. It will help you deal with acid reflux.
Boil fresh ginger, and strain the liquid. Add in a tea bag of Earl Grey, and a cinnamon stick. Sweeten with honey.
Menstrual cramps and nausea
Candied ginger will give you a hand with those cramps. You can find it in healthy food stores.