Ginger is said to be very healthy. Ginger is even said to have a medicinal effect. But is that a fact, or is this just a myth?
What is ginger?
Ginger is a spice with a very distinctive flavor and is widely used in the Eastern cuisine.
Ginger comes from the root of the Zingiber officinale, originated from Asia.
The ginger plant grows well in most tropical regions and is exported from Fiji, India, Jamaica, Nigeria and China.
Ginger is the bottom of the trunk and the rhizome of the plant. The rhizome is like a thick wooden hand, when peeled you get fresh, yellow ginger. The use of ginger has a characteristic, warm, sharp and fresh-spicy flavor. When you add ginger in baked or slow cooked dishes, it will give the dish a milder, warmer flavor. This flavor is also very popular in tea.
The peeled ginger root can also be dried and ground into a powder. Dried ginger powder has a soft, spicy taste and can be used in combination with other spices such as cinnamon, cloves, pepper and curry. You can buy ginger in all sorts of other variants, such as ginger balls, ginger oil, candied ginger and ginger capsules.
Vitamins and minerals in ginger
The main vitamins in ginger are B1, B2, B6, and Vitamin C. Vitamins B1 and B2 are important for the energy supply of our body.
The main minerals in ginger are sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc.
Ginger has been used for thousands of years. Not only for it’s typical flavor in cooking, but because ginger has medicinal properties. Modern scientific research suggest that the beneficial effect of ginger comes from the more than 100 bio-active substances. The main two are gingerol and shogaol.
Good reasons to add ginger to a healthy, low-carb diet:
1 Ginger combats nausea
It has a long history of use as a sea / car sickness remedy. In fact, there is evidence that it can be just as effective as prescription medications. The most commonly reported effect of ginger on nausea is during pregnancy. Ginger is said to work very well against morning sickness, such as during morning sickness.
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn.
2 Ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The active substances in ginger can inhibit and prevent inflammation. Ginger supplements may reduce inflammation and muscle pain after (intensive) exercise. Some studies suggest that inflammation linked to kidney disease, diabetes, cancers, intestinal inflammation and osteoarthritis may well be reduced by ginger.
One of ginger's traditional uses is pain relief, mainly menstrual pain.
3 Improved brain function
Some animal studies suggest that the antioxidants and bio-active compounds in ginger slow down the brain's aging process. This may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. There is evidence that ginger may directly improve brain function. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, it was found that a ginger the reaction time and working memory improved.
4 Ginger may help with losing weight
A study from 2015 it was suggested that ginger has a very positive influence on lowering and stabilizing blood sugar levels. An unstable and high blood sugar level causes your fat burning to slow down, making it impossible to burn belly fat. The main reason of weight gain. In addition, fluctuating blood sugar levels pose all kinds of health risks, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This was a small study, but the results are incredibly impressive.
Disadvantages of ginger
There are no real drawbacks to ginger. It’s advised to use ginger in moderation, but that goes for everything.Ginger is a natural blood thinner. So always consult your doctor if you use blood thinners and want to take ginger daily.