Ginger is a rhizome, a root of a plant, that has been used medicinally and for flavoring food for thousands of years. Culinary usage of ginger may have originated in India, where it is still used in many traditional dishes.
Ginger has been medically proven to have many different benefits:
- Anti-Inflammatory – In several scientific studies, as many as %75 of arthritis sufferrers found complete relief from pain and inflammation when they consumed ginger on a regular basis.
- Gastro-Intestinal relief – Provides relief for most people suffering from vomitting, nausea, motion sickness, indigestion and is even capable of helping women with morning sickness without the negative side-effects associated with many anti-nausea medicine.
- Protection from cancer – Ginger helps to fight against different varieties of cancer, including colon cancer and ovarian cancer with it’s ability to reduce bacterial activity, for it’s ability to reduce inflammation and it has been shown to directly kill cancer cells in lab tests.
- Immune boosting – The combination of the effects of the various compounds in ginger add up to make it a potent immune boosting food.
The list goes on and on. Ginger helps to prevent all kinds of maladies, from diabetes to ringworm. It’s obvious that cultures have been using for centuries because it is beneficial as well as flavorful.
If you are taking medication, you should check to see if there are any conflicts between ginger and your medications, especially if you plan on including it in your diet on a regular basis, or if you intend to take it as a supplement.