Ginger comes in the form of a rhizome that has been used for over 4700 years in China and Asia. The many health benefits are mainly due to the presence of gingerol, an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule that makes this root a food of choice in a balanced diet.
Ginger, like garlic and onion, is a good food for cardiovascular health because it acts as a blood thinner and helps reduce bad cholesterol.
Some studies have also shown positive results in improving blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Used to relieve the nausea of pregnancy, ginger improves many digestive conditions such as indigestion, bloating, constipation and even in the treatment of gastric ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux.
Due to its spicy taste, it warms the body which would have a positive impact on the immune system while helping the lymphatic system to activate the circulation and elimination of toxins. The anti-inflammatory properties are used in cases of muscle or joint pain. Ginger is traditionally used for its antibacterial, and antiviral powers. And since it is a Yang food, it makes it an ideal ingredient to consume during the cold season.
The consumption of ginger is relatively safe. It is however recommended not to exceed 5 grams per day as this could cause digestive discomfort.
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