Ginger is indeed a most remarkable rhizome. Here is just a small list of benefits derived from the humble ginger root:
Gastrointestinal Relief – Ginger is very effective in preventing symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness. In fact, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine.
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. Unlike anti-vomiting drugs, which can cause severe birth defects, ginger is extremely safe, and only a small dose is required.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects – Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. People with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
Protection against Colorectal Cancer – Gingerols, the main active components in ginger, inhibits the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
Ginger Induces Cell Death in Ovarian Cancer Cells – Gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kills ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion).
Immune Boosting Action – Ginger promotes healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus. A good sweat may do a lot more than simply assist detoxification. German researchers have recently found that sweat contains a potent germ-fighting agent that may help fight off infections.
- Ginger Lemonade: Combine freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.
- Rice Side Dish: Sprinkle grated ginger, sesame seeds and nori strips on top of cooked rice.
- Ginger Salad Dressing: Combine ginger, tamari, olive oil and garlic.
- Gingered Sweet Potatoes: Add ginger and orange juice to pureed sweet potatoes.
- Ginger in Baked Apples: Add grated ginger to your favorite stuffing for baked apples.
- Gingered Vegetables: Add freshly minced ginger to your sautéed vegetables.