Ginger is native to southern China, from where it is spread to the Spice Islands and other parts of Asia, and subsequently to West Africa and to the Caribbean. Ginger appeared in Europe, via India, in the 1st century CE as a result of the lucrative spice trade.
Ginger is a herb that is used as a spice and also for its remedial qualities. The underground stem (rhizome) can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or as an oil or juice.
Ginger has been called one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Historically, ginger has a long convention of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as a tremendous carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes the intestinal tract).
Some of its health benefits include
- Gastrointestinal Relief
Ginger is very efficient in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness. Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold
- Safe and Effective Relief of Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy
Ginger’s anti-vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
- Anti Inflammatory Effects
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
- Arthritis-related problems with your aging knees
Regularly spicing up your meals with fresh ginger may help. One reason for ginger’s beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingerol.
- Protection against Colorectal Cancer
Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Ginger compounds may be effective chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal carcinomas.
- Ginger Induces Cell Death in Ovarian Cancer Cells
Gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells.
- Immune Boosting Action
Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flu. A good sweat may do a lot more than simply assist detoxification.
|GI: very low|
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Blog contributed by Akanksha Khurana, New Delhi
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