Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China.
It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal.
The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
The unique fragrance and flavour of ginger comes from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Of the 115 different chemical components found in ginger root, the therapeutic benefits come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research backs up why you should use ginger on a regular basis.
Ginger is one of the most delicious spices on the planet. It has also a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds (gingerols and shogaols) with incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have powerful benefits for both your body and brain.
So not only does ginger add distinctive flavour to your cooking, but is also really one of the “super foods”. Ginger may help with:
- An upset stomach
- Prevent nausea, especially motion and morning sickness
- Protect the stomach against toxins
- With weight loss by stimulating metabolism
- Aid a healthy and complete digestion
- Regulate blood sugar and help manage type 2 diabetes
- Fight infections, such as flu and common cold
- Pain and inflammation associated with arthritis an exercise.
Ginger is one of the most fantastic natural ingredients you’ll come across.