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GINGER -HEALTH BENEFITS

GINGER -HEALTH BENEFITS

2018-02-10

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER
Ginger is one of the most ancient spices in worldwide cuisine. Ginger, also known as Zingiber Officinale, is inaccurately referred to as “ginger root”, although the edible section sold in the markets and used in dishes, is actually the stem or the rhizome. In Western cultures, it is mostly used in sweets and alcoholic beverages such as ginger beer and ginger wine.

However, in Asian cultures, ginger is directly used by chopping it up or using its powder in traditional dishes and in soft drinks such as coffee and tea. Ginger’s irresistible fragrance is due to an essential oil in its composition that has been coveted and extracted by perfume makers since ancient times.

Not only is ginger known as an essence and a spice, it is known to be one of the oldest remedies known in herbal and aromatic traditional treatments, especially in China, India, and the Middle East. Ginger has become well-known for its various health benefits, which include its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, increase your appetite, prevent various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid digestion, eliminate arthritis symptoms, reduce excess gas, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu.

Health benefits of fresh Ginger

1. Acts as an appetizer
2. Digests Aama (deep-seated toxins)
3. Reduces fever
4. Reduces chilliness by increasing heat and circulation in the body
5. Eliminates nausea
6. It’s a mild laxative

Health benefits of Dry Ginger

1. Helps relieve joint pains from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
2. Beneficial in edema and other swelling
3. By reducing vata, it relieves pain in back or neck
4. Stops diarrhea
5. Helps treat some forms of IBS, abdominal pain and hemorrhoids
6. Reduces respiratory tract ailments such as cough, hoarseness of voice, rhinitis, asthma, etc
7. Acts as an aphrodisiac

Tips:

• Before meals - slice a little fresh ginger, add a sprinkle of rock salt and a squeeze of lemon or lime to enhance taste and nutrient absorption
• Can make a paste of dry ginger and water for local application in cases of swelling or also on sinuses and forehead in cases of cold (not for those with very sensitive skin)