Ginger is an ingredient that is used in almost every cuisine around the world. Whether you’re making gingerbread or chicken curry, ginger’s aroma and flavour will definitely help you to elevate your dish. Ginger is a versatile spice. It can be used fresh, powdered, dried, a juice, or an oil.
It is also widely known for its extensive health benefits. Gingerol, which is the main bioactive compound in ginger is responsible for most of these health benefits. It is actually considered one of the healthiest herbs on the planet! That is why it is the hero ingredient in many of our herbal infusions. Today, we dive deep into this ingredient to bring you everything you need to know about it!
Ginger is a spice that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is also an important part in the region’s diet. Ginger comes from a small leafy plant with red, yellowish flowers. What we commonly use as ginger is the rhizome (the underground root) of the plant.
Fun Fact: Ginger belongs to the same family (Zingiberaceae family) as Turmeric and Cardamom.
Health benefits of Ginger
Ginger helps with colds and flu
Ginger can be a useful remedy during the onset of a cold or flu. It can also help you during the recovery. Studies indicate that ginger is effective against colds because it has the ability to protect the respiratory system from viruses. Ginger also helps to encourage perspiration in your body, which makes it an ideal remedy for influenza conditions such as cold or flu.
*If you have cold or flu symptoms please consult a medical professional immediately.
Ginger helps with nausea, especially morning sickness
This is one of the most commonly known health benefits of ginger. The chances are, you have already had a shot of ginger when you’ve been feeling nauseated at least once before. Ginger has especially been helpful for pregnant women when they experience symptoms of morning sickness such as nausea, dizziness and cold sweats. But, any treatment during pregnancy is a big decision. So, consult your doctor before you decide on remedies. There is also evidence that ginger can help with chemotherapy-related nausea.
Ginger helps to relieve pain and inflammation
Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. These properties come from a compound named Gingerol in ginger and is responsible for many of its curative properties. These anti-inflammatory properties have especially been proven effective among osteoarthritis patients. It is shown to reduce their pain levels and improve their mobility.
Ginger is good for your heart
Over the years, ginger has shown to help prevent blood clots forming in your heart. It also has the ability to relax muscles in your body which in turn helps to reduce your blood pressure. In addition, the antioxidant properties of ginger can help to reduce the formation of plaque in your arteries caused by high levels of cholesterol. This can significantly reduce the risk of strokes.
Our Ginger product recommendations
Matcha Cinnamon & Ginger