Zingiber officinale although this name might not tell you much (unless you speak Latin) we all know what the English name is. Ginger, the magical root associated with fall, winter, flu, and overall coldness. Each individual develops sort of a love-hate relationship with it. Those who seek it out regularly and like the taste, and those who are not fans but yet reach out for this magical root in winter months, or once they feel the sore throat coming. We are in the middle of sniffles season and so, not surprisingly, ginger starts to creep its way into all our local coffee shops and restaurants. What is ginger good for and does it actually help?
Ginger comes in various forms and can be found fresh, dried, powdered, and as oil or juice. Ginger oil is especially important, because of its bioactive compounds that provide its medical properties which help with ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Cold and flu
As already mentioned, ginger is a great for helping with flu and cold symptoms. Ginger tea will make warm you up and promote sweating which will warm your body from the inside even more. Ginger tea is great together with lemon (additional vitamin C) and honey (for better taste)
No one likes nausea. Whether it is motion sickness or pregnancy morning sickness, ginger might just be the one thing that helps. Research by numerous universities and institutions suggests that consumption of ginger helps with reducing nausea associated with motion and pregnancy sickness. Chewing on ginger root can also help with nausea when undergoing cancer chemotherapy.
When working out, many will experience the after pain of hard working muscles. Ginger has shown to help with reducing muscle pain if consumed regularly over a period of at least 10 days. The impact is not immediate, but if you enjoy ginger, then why not give it a try?
If you have problems with your digestive system, ginger is great for supporting elimination of excess gas from digestion and for soothing the internal tract. It helps with increasing of saliva and bile production and reduces contractions as food is digested and moved through the tract.
Ginger is believed to help reduce menstrual pain in women if taken for the first three days of the menstrual cycle. Research has shown reduced pain, and effectiveness comparable to usage of painkillers including ibuprofen. Ginger also proved to reduce symptoms of dysmenorrhea, which is a severe pain some women experience during their cycles.
Whether you like it or not, there is no denial in what ginger can help us with. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling and pain in our throats, feeling of nausea, muscle pain, minor problems with digestion, and even menstrual cramps. There is no denial in that. The perfect ginger tea is made from the freshly peeled root (20-40 grams depending on how strong you like the taste) boiled in water and topped with lemon and a teaspoon of honey.