The ginger is probably one of the most popular medicinal plants not only for its use in cooking as a seasoning and flavoring, but also for the amazing properties it provides.
It is a plant belonging to the family of Zingiberaceae, whose underground stem (its rhizome or root) is actually the main element and the most valued by its delicate aroma and spicy flavor, being precisely the part of the plant most used both in the kitchen – and spice either as dry or powder, or as an appetizer and from a medical point of view. The plant itself can reach up to 2 meters tall with linear leaves up to 20 centimeters.
From a nutritional point of view it has a root especially rich in carbohydrates and fats, which provides an excellent amount of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It presents a high content in flavonoids, oxalic acid, curcumin and other compounds as shogaoles, gingerols and various essential oils.
It is not only a popular plant,, but to an element that has been studied over the centuries, and particularly by science in recent decades. Some scientific studies indeed have uncovered each and every one of the different properties of ginger, about which you speak in detail on this occasion.
The incredible properties of ginger
Wonderful nutritional value
Ginger contributes a wide number of different essential nutrients, many of them essential and fundamental part of a varied and balanced to be essential for our health and for the proper functioning of our body power. Among these nutrients we can mention:
- Carbohydrates: Between 40 to 50%.
- Fats: From 6 to 8%, mainly highlighting the presence of essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic).
- Amino acids: Arginine, tyrosine, asparagine, threonine, lysine, methionine, histidine, tryptophan, leucine, valine, glutamic and aspartic acid.
- Vitamins: Vitamin C and Niacin.
- Minerals: Phosphorus, silicon, zinc, boron, chromium, manganese and cobalt.
- Other nutrients: flavonoids and oxalic acid.
Benefits for the digestive system
Ginger is probably one of the best foods that exist for the care of the digestive system due to its antibacterial power useful in treating a wide variety of intestinal problems. By stimulating the pancreas increases the production of enzymes that help and promote the process of digestion. It is also an anti-diarrheal medicine, helping to increase the population of beneficial bacteria in our intestinal flora and fight infectious organisms causing intestinal disorders because of its antibacterial qualities.
It also becomes an excellent natural remedy for nausea, powerfully helping in reducing and even practically completely eliminates the urge to vomit. For example, it is a useful option when we will travel, for example taking a ginger tea between 2-3 hours before starting the journey. As it regards this quality is also a natural choice to relieve the nausea of pregnancy, especially during the first months of pregnancy.
Some studies have shown its ability to kill the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. Moreover, it is also useful to neutralize and reduce excess stomach acid, so it is suitable in preventing ulcers.
Great for your cardiovascular health
Ginger helps to promote and improve blood circulation, a quality that means that is useful for preventing strokes to thin the blood. For example, helps dissolve clots that have formed in the arteries while it is an excellent remedy against cholesterol, being ideal for reducing elevated levels of fats in the blood.
It is a unique natural choice for heart disease, because it is an effective natural preventive against heart attacks, and avoids the formation of clots and thrombosis.
Very good against colds and flu
In case of cold or flu ginger is useful to reduce and relieve more typical symptoms. For example, it helps relieve joint pain so characteristic of these diseases, as well as reduce nasal congestion and lower the fever in a completely natural way.
To increase this quality, it is advisable to choose to jointly take gingerbread with lemon in a cup of hot tea.
Natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic
Ginger acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, a quality that is reflected in the fact that it helps to treat, combat and relieve respiratory diseases, problems and digestive disorders and osteoarthritis.
Also it has an analgesic effect very helpful in relieving pain caused by inflammatory diseases (such as is the case of arthritis and osteoarthritis), and is also effective in decreasing pain that occurs during what is known as premenstrual syndrome.