Ginger: Health Benefits

Ginger is a well-known spice favoured in Asian and Indian cuisine. What is not so commonly known are the health benefits of ginger that have been recognised by many cultures for centuries. Ginger’s range of medicinal properties has been used for treatment of conditions including upset stomach, arthritis, menstrual irregularities and asthma.

Scientific data suggests that ginger contains a multitude of health benefits, some of which include:

  • Alleviates nausea, vomiting, motion sickness and morning sickness during pregnancy.
  • Contains antioxidant properties.
  • Reduces inflammation and pain (suggestive evidence), promoting relief of knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
  • Contains anti-microbial properties.

There have been no reports of side effects from moderate intake of ginger. Ginger is best consumed fresh, however the dried and powdered form also boast advantages for your health.

How to use ginger:

Particularly in the cooler climate, ginger tea is a very relaxing and soothing drink. Best of all, it’s quite simple to make. Peel fresh ginger, boil or steep a few thin slices in boiling water for a few minutes, then add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of organic honey. Enjoy!

Alternatively, grate or mince fresh ginger into your stir-fry. Or try adding a teaspoon of dried ginger powder to your favourite cake or loaf recipe.

 

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