learn more about this wonderful healing super-spice
Dr Jess says:
For thousands of years, ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Indian Ayurveda to help treat a multitude of health issues.
The root of the ginger plant is not only renowned for helping people to take nausea (sip on a cup of ginger tea, if you are feeling sick), but it is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.1
It is perfect for pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness, who are looking for a non-medicinal way to soothe their stomachs. Some studies show that it may be beneficial for those with heart disease2 and lowers blood sugar in diabetics.3 Its anti-inflammatory properties can likely also benefit a range of conditions caused by inflammation, Alzheimer’s.4 It is a brilliant digestive aid soothing bloating and cramping and settling upset stomachs, there is evidence showing it can prevent stomach ulcers (especially when taking anti-inflammatories like aspirin or ibuprofen).1 It is a heating and pungent herb in traditional Chinese medicine said to aid circulation, regulate the digestive system and warm the body. If you are a hot person you may wish to be cautious about over-using ginger.
Fresh (but not dried) ginger is also a great natural remedy for treating coughs and colds. Its natural anti-microbial properties can help to…
- Haniadka R, Saldanha E, Sunita V, Palatty PL, Fayad R, Baliga MS. A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Food Funct. 2013 Jun;4(6):845-55. doi: 10.1039/c3fo30337c. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PMID: 23612703.
- Roudsari NM, Lashgari NA, Momtaz S, Roufogalis B, Abdolghaffari AH, Sahebkar A. Ginger: A complementary approach for management of cardiovascular diseases. Biofactors. 2021 Aug 13. doi: 10.1002/biof.1777. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34388275.
- Carvalho GCN, Lira-Neto JCG, Araújo MFM, Freitas RWJF, Zanetti ML, Damasceno MMC. Effectiveness of ginger in reducing metabolic levels in people with diabetes: a randomized clinical trial. Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2020 Oct 9;28:e3369. doi: 10.1590/1518-8345.3870.3369. PMID: 33053078; PMCID: PMC7546607.
- Mohd Sahardi NFN, Makpol S. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in the Prevention of Ageing and Degenerative Diseases: Review of Current Evidence. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 Aug 20;2019:5054395. doi: 10.1155/2019/5054395. PMID: 31531114; PMCID: PMC6721508.