The 9 health benefits of ginger

Tasty tropical plant particularly favored in Asian cuisine, ginger also has many natural virtues. A little back on the benefits of ginger.

Officinal ginger is a plant native to India, which differs from Japanese ginger, mainly used in the land of the Rising Sun.

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This plant has a spicy, peppery, slightly lemony and sometimes a little hot taste. It goes equally well in savory and/or sweet preparations, as well as in drinks!

It is also possible to cook it under its fresh, dried, powdered or pickled form. Fans can also consume it in the form of herbal tea.

To preserve it, this spice can be kept at room temperature for a fortnight, or in the refrigerator for several weeks. It is also possible to place it at freezer in grated form.

If ginger is often cited for its supposedly aphrodisiac virtues, it is also considered a real remedy, especially in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

Very tasty, this rhizome actually turns out to be a food with many properties at the same time anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-mycobacterial, antifungal, or even anti-carcinogens (which help fight cancer).

This slideshow presents, as such, 9 benefits of ginger.

Sources:

  • Ginger Nutrition FactsAprifel
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  • Zhu J, Chen H, Song Z, Wang X, Sun Z. Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Components of the Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, Evid Based Complement Alternat MedJanuary 9, 2018

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Acts against nausea
Gingerols and shogaols, two components of ginger, help fight nausea effectively. This spice is therefore particularly recommended for pregnant women and people who experience morning sickness after cancer treatment. Nevertheless, the concentration of these components varies according to the mode of preparation of the plant. It is therefore advisable to favor dry ginger, before its fresh version then in powder.

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Helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease
Daily consumption of ginger is beneficial for preventing the appearance of certain chronic pathologies such as cerebrovascular and coronary diseases, hyperlipidemia (a very high level of lipids in the blood) or hepatic steatosis (an excess of fat in the liver)

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Is a great source of antioxidants
Antioxidants are chemicals that help fight oxidative stress, responsible for the premature destruction of cells in the body. This degradation can affect the entire human body, leading to premature aging and favoring the appearance of various disorders, which can go as far as the development of serious pathologies such as cancer.

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Reduces period pain
Consumed for several days before the start of the cycle, this plant would help to reduce the intensity of dysmenorrhea, the pain felt before, during and/or after menstruation.

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Neutralizes bad breath
Gingerol has beneficial effects on the production of a particular enzyme in the mouth, which works to reduce bad odors.

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Has anti-inflammatory properties
The polyphenols present in ginger help the body fight against chronic inflammation, including joint and tendon pain.

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Aids digestion
Ginger helps to limit constipation and it acts on enzymes that stimulate digestion in the small intestine. This plant also participates in the reduction and expulsion of intestinal gas.

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Reduces the risk of cancer progression
Shogaol (or 6-shogaol) and gingerol, two compounds in ginger, have anticarcinogenic properties. Gingerol would limit the expansion of cancerous cells in colorectal cancer, while shogaol would limit the inflammation of breast cancer.

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