Ginger: the properties and benefits of a widely used spice
The cultivation of ginger and its use culinary or medicinal purposes go back centuries. Highly appreciated in Asia for its healing properties, however, the spice is not unanimous elsewhere in the world. The fact remains that it is a species of plant with many virtues thanks to its composition exceptional in nutrientsantioxidants, and its special flavor. Ginger is the basis of several original recipes aimed at improving the functioning of human metabolism. A round-up of the virtues of a root with benefits that are still unknown.
The properties of ginger: nutritional value and mode of consumption
Listed under the scientific name of Zingiber officinal, ginger is believed to have been introduced to Europe in Roman times. Since then, this oriental spice has been mainly used for pastry, even if it is part of the composition of several other foods. The most coveted part of the plant is the Rod underground or rhizome which provides a considerable caloric intake. It is rich in minerals, dietary fibre, contains many Vitamins (C and B in particular) and has anti-inflammatory properties. This part can be consumed in various forms: dry, fresh or powdered. However, of all known consumption patterns, tisane remains the most beneficial. Ginger can be combined with other spices such as cinnamon or turmeric in the preparation of infusions with beneficial effects.
What are the health benefits of ginger?
In the past, some used ginger as an antiseptic. Indeed according to many experts this plant has antibacterial virtues. It would play an important role in protecting the digestive system, as well as in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Ginger tea is also a exceptional toning some would lend aphrodisiac properties. It stimulates libido and strengthens the body by positively impacting hormonal balance. Several scientific studies have found that:
- This spice has anti-cancer properties;
- It speeds up human metabolism and reduces digestive and inflammatory pain;
- It prevents nausea and vomiting, reduces flatulence and bloating due to indigestion;
- It helps control heart rate and slow aging;
- It has fat-burning properties that promote weight loss, etc.
And all this provided you respect a precise therapeutic dosageGinger can be eaten at any time of the day. There are no significant contraindications. However, in the case of pregnancy, its consumption must be subject to a medical opinion.
If you have trouble consuming ginger alone then feel free to associate it with other plants, or vegetables.
In order to make it easier for you to eat it, we have selected herbal teas and infusions through which you can enjoy the benefits of organic ginger while having fun. Check out this ginger-based selection.