Ginger is a tuberous root used in both cooking and medicine. The plant has multiple therapeutic benefits: it has bactericidal action, is detoxifying and also improves the performance of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. Ginger is also a recognized thermogenic food, capable of accelerating metabolism and promoting the burning of body fat. It features a substance called gingerol, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body from bacteria and fungi. Gingerol is responsible for the spicy taste of ginger.
The therapeutic properties of ginger are due to the joint action of several substances, mainly found in the essential oil of ginger, rich in the medicinal components caffeine, felandrene, zingiberene and zingerone.
The root is composed of vitamin B6, as well as in the minerals potassium, magnesium and copper, but these properties are not relevant considering the daily consumption of the plant. As it is a spice, small amounts of ginger in tea or culinary preparations are enough to flavor the preparations. Note that the table of nutritional values below considers 100g of ginger, however the use in a recipe may not reach 2g.
- Do you have no appetite? Eat fresh ginger before lunch to stimulate your appetite. Ayurvedic medicine recommends that lunch be the main meal of the day, because that is when digestive energy is at its peak.
- Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients.
- Ginger cleans the body’s microcirculation “channels”, including the sinuses that tend to become congested from time to time.
- Do you feel sick or nauseous? Chew ginger, preferably wrapped in a little honey.
- Can’t control the gases? Guess! Ginger helps to eliminate flatulence!
- Do you suffer from colic? Chew ginger. And for best results, rinse it with hot oil before chewing it.
- Twisting with joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can relieve it. Put a few drops of ginger essential oil in your bath to relieve muscle and joint pain.
- Did you have surgery? Chewing ginger in the postoperative period can help overcome nausea.
- Drink ginger tea to get rid of sore throats and nasal congestion. And when a breeze runs, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
- Night anxieties ?? Try adding a bit of ginger to your soup plate