I love the tangy goodness of ginger. It’s an excellent addition to fresh dressings, soups, casseroles, meats, and steamed veggies. I have a great recipe for you at the end of this article that my family raves about (without knowing all the benefits of ginger).
Common in Asian cuisine, the root vegetable has also been used for centuries as a medicinal compound to relieve several forms of digestive distress. Scientists attribute digestive relief to the phenolic compounds it contains.
Ginger is a relative of turmeric and cardamom in the Zingiberaceae family and its effectiveness has many researchers taking a closer look over the last decade. It’s beneficial in every form. You can use it fresh, powdered, or even as an oil. While I don’t take many supplements, ginger is one that is almost as effective as the raw root.
Naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic (makes you sweat), and packed with nutrition, you can’t go wrong adding ginger benefits to your nutrition plan. Gingerol is the powerful bioactive compound that seems to give ginger it’s medicinal effects.Ginger is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, and packed with nutrition! #SuperfoodClick To Tweet
Ginger has been proven to ease…
- Morning sickness (a safe remedy for expectant mothers)
- Loss of appetite
- Motion sickness
- Gas, bloating, or abdominal pain
- Nausea related to cancer therapy
- Nausea following surgery
Ginger Tea for Nausea
Slice approximately an ounce of fresh ginger from the fresh root and place in a cup. Cover in one cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for five minutes.
You can remove the ginger pieces if you prefer (it’ll continue to get stronger the longer it sits). Sweeten with honey and lemon if you like.
This tea is safe for anyone to drink (even pregnant women) on a daily basis and an excellent way to add the benefits of ginger to your daily routine while soothing an upset stomach.
Natural Pain Relief and More!
- Researchers with the University of Georgia determined that their participants experienced 25% less muscle pain after workouts when they included ginger in their diets. Women who cope with severe cramps during menstruation also benefit from ginger (even supplementation).
- The natural anti-inflammatory properties in this root vegetable are helpful in easing stomach pain, colon distress, and achy joints.
- There have been several promising studies about ginger and the common cold. During flu season, considering a cup of ginger tea every morning to boost your immune system with powerful antioxidants.
- If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, ginger might be right for you! In one small (but incredible) study, ginger was shown to lower blood sugar levels by a whopping 12% over the course of the trial. Controlling blood sugar levels is critical for heart health.
- Right now, researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of ginger. The initial results are promising in regards to the use of raw ginger in daily consumption. You can bet we’ll be keeping a close eye on how the research develops.
- Another area of serious interest is the brain-protective benefits of ginger. By lowering inflammation, you can directly affect brain health for the better. These anti-inflammatory benefits are also excellent for oral health.
And Now…Something Delicious
Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) is my favorite celebrity chef. Her recipe for Indonesian Ginger Chicken is to die for and a real hit at parties. The benefits of ginger are present and accounted for but all anyone will be talking about is the phenomenal flavor!
Indonesian Ginger Chicken
- 1 cup honey
- ¾ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup minced garlic (8 to 12 cloves)
- ½ cup peeled and grated fresh ginger root
- 2 (3½ pound) chickens, quartered, with backs removed
- Cook the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger root in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is melted.
- Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking pan, skin side down, and pour on the sauce.
- Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.
- Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, turn the chicken skin side up, and raise the temperature to 375 degrees F.
- Continue baking for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh and the sauce is a rich, dark brown.
- Serve with steamed veggies or fancy rice.
You need the benefits of ginger in your life. I think you’ll love the taste but more importantly, you’re going to love the way ginger makes you feel.