Ginger is a hot, fragrant spice made from the rhizome of a plant. Ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or for herbal medicine.
Ginger grows in china, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and other warm climates. Little is known about how ginger first came to be cultivated. Historians think that the plant did not exist naturally in its current form, but was bred by humans. These days, most ginger still comes from Asia. India produces the largest quantity, followed by China and Indonesia.
It has a brown exterior and a pale yellow inside. It looks like a knarled tree root but a little softer in texture.
It is available fresh and dried, as ginger extract and ginger oil, and in tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. Foods that contain ginger include gingerbread, cookies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and a wide variety of savory recipes. Ginger can also be used to make tea, chopped or crushed in curries and savoury dishes and dried or crystalised in sweets.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. However, some herbs and spices may offer additional health benefits. One of these is ginger. Scientific analysis shows that ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites, some of which may contribute to health and healing.
Digestion - The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal (GI) irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production, and suppress gastric contractions as food and fluids move through the GI tract. At the same time, ginger also appears to have beneficial effects on the enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase, and to increase motility through the digestive tract. This suggests ginger could help prevent colon cancer and constipation.
Cold and Flu - During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within.
Pain reduction - A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 percent. Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, the severe pain that some women experience during a menstrual cycle.
Inflamation - Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. A study published in Cancer Prevention Research journal reported that ginger supplements, which are available to buy online, reduced the risk of colorectal cancer developing in the bowel of 20 volunteers. Ginger has also been found to be "modestly efficacious and reasonably safe" for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Cardiovascular health - Other possible uses include reducing cholesterol, lowering the risk of blood clotting, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. More research is needed, but if proven, ginger could become part of a treatment for heart disease and diabetes.
Ginger has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication. Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.
Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Taking ginger for motion sickness seems to reduce feelings of nausea, but it does not appear to prevent vomiting. Ginger is safe to use during pregnancy, to relieve nausea. It is available in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.
If you are suffering with travel sickness and nausea, morning sickness or chemotherapy sickness we have different types of ginger available. Try:
- Sea Band Mama
- Myrtle and Maude Tea
- Queasy Drops
- The Ginger People Sweets and Crystallised Ginger
- HotTea Mama Tea
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