All About Ginger

Ginger’s Latin name is Zingiber Officinale. “Ziniber” comes from the Sanskrit Language, with “Zing” meaning horn, and “bera” meaning body, which is reflective of its tangy and sharp flavour. It’s a native plant of India. However it is now grown all over the world in Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ginger was extensively written about by notable explorers Marco Polo and Vasco Da Gama. They found Ginger on their travels and found many inventive ways to utilise the herb. Reports suggest ginger once made up around 50% of the traditional medicines. It was mainly used for gastric discomfort and sickness.

Ginger is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin C, Folate (Vitamin B9), Potassium, Choline, Magnesium and Sodium. The active essential oils found in ginger are called Gingerols and Shogaols.

Here are the health benefits of ginger :

  • Ginger is anti-inflammatory. One study suggests that ginger can reduce the production of inflammatory stimulants prostaglandins, thus reducing inflammation.
  • Ginger is though to be beneficial for gastric problems. It is though to aid the likes of indigestion’s stomach discomfort, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation and gas.
  • Ginger helps to detoxify the body. This is especially beneficial during cold and flu season as it helps to rid the body of toxins.
  • Studies have shown a 63% reduction in declaration of pain in osteoarthritic patients when taking a daily dose of ginger.

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. I love ginger and try and drink ginger tea daily. It is so good!

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    1. GS says:

      People have used ginger in cooking and medicine since ancient times. It is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach pain, and other health issues. People typically use fresh or dried ginger in cooking, and some take ginger supplements for their possible health benefits. Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Researchers have also studied its potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems.

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  2. I Love ginger. What I usually do is to grind a few with the peel in a grinding bowl, boil it in water, add a little honey and drink as a form of tea. It tastes nice. It’s also very good if you are suffering from sore throat or even catarrh.

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    1. GS says:

      Ginger tea: Though it has a spicy flavour, ginger works brilliantly as a sore-throat remedy. It helps flush out toxins from your body and boosts your blood circulation. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help kill bad bacteria. So, grate some ginger root in in a warm, soothing cup of tea.

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  3. Roselyn P. says:

    Yes, I totally agree! Ginger is so beneficial. Gladly I made a habit of drinking ginger tea.. I don’t put sugar in it, I prefer the peppery flavor.. 😁✌🏻

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    1. GS says:

      The flavor of Ginger is characterized by its unique combination of lemon/citrus, soapy and musty/earthy flavor notes. It is warming to taste.

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  4. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Love ginger. Over COVID my daughter’s boyfriend got my brewing Kombucha. What’s great is learning how to combine flavors for taste and health properties. So ginger is definitely on the list.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Gary

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    1. GS says:

      Probiotics provide your gut with healthy bacteria. These bacteria can improve many aspects of health, including digestion, inflammation and even weight loss. For this reason, adding beverages like kombucha to your diet might improve your health in many ways. Summary Kombucha is a type of tea that has been fermented.

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  5. Roselyn P. says:

    Yes, I totally agree! Ginger is so beneficial. Gladly I made a habit of drinking ginger tea.. I don’t put sugar in it, I prefer the peppery flavor.. 😁✌🏻
    I almost forgot to ask if it also helps for your voice to be good?

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    1. GS says:

      A sore or irritated throat will ruin the sound of your voice, but the ginger, honey, and steam can help soothe inflamed throat tissues and loosen secretions when you’re sick. You can use fresh or dried ginger, but fresh ginger makes the tastiest tea. Many singers claim that ginger tea is good for their voice.

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  6. Roselyn P. says:

    Yes I totally agree.. Ginger is so beneficial. Gladly I made it a habit of drinking ginger tea. And I prefer its preppery flavor, I don’t add sugar..

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    1. GS says:

      Since ginger may fight germs, illness, inflammation, and cancer-causing molecules, taking a little bit every day can support your overall health. Ginger is a natural root, so drinking it will also give you added nutrients. You may add a dash of honey is you wish.

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      1. Roselyn P. says:

        Yes ❣️💌

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  7. JennIveth says:

    Very informative post ! Love it

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    1. GS says:

      Ginger Can Help Keep Your Mouth Health. Because ginger has such strong antibacterial properties, it can also be used to keep your mouth healthy. The bioactive compounds in the superfood prevent bacteria around your teeth and gums from growing.

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  8. Nice health information

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    1. GS says:

      Ginger is the best, specially in Indian food which is high in saturated fats which makes bloating and gassiness common.

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  9. MY Life says:

    Thank You for this helpful note about Ginger !!

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    1. GS says:

      For thousands of years, Arabic, Indian, and Asian healers prized ginger as food and medicine. This tropical plant, in the same bo­tanical family as turmeric and cardamom, was effectively used to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by illness and seasickness. Thanks to the spice trade, the tradition caught on in Europe. As one sixteenth-century physician put it: “Ginger does good for a bad stomach.” In The Family Herbal from 1814, English physician Robert Thornton noted that “two or three cupfuls for breakfast” will relieve “dyspepsia due to hard drinking.”

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