Health Benefits of Ginger & Where It Comes From
There are numerous health benefits of ginger! Ginger is most popularly known for alleviating all kinds of digestive issues including nausea, gas, pain, and bloating. But, where does ginger come from?
Picture of Ginger Flower Roots
Where Does Ginger Come From?
Ginger comes from the root of a beautiful flowering plant. It is an herbaceous annual perennial that is commonly used as a cooking spice and digestive remedy. The ginger plant is believed to have originated in the tropical rainforests of India. However, ginger is in the same family as turmeric and cardamom.
Ginger Root Flower
Personal Story About Ginger
With its potent antifungal and antibacterial properties, ginger does an excellent job of getting a person back on their feet. Especially when they are having gastrointestinal issues. Once, I got really sick while traveling in Thailand. I mean really sick – like never before. I will spare the details, but I will tell you to double check the source of your “bottled” water.
I was lodging at a place that provided free bottled water with the room service each day. After several days of guzzling the complimentary “bottled” water, I observed the cleaning staff refilling the glass bottles with water from the sink faucet. Well, I rarely drink local water in my own country, so you can only imagine how awful I felt after drinking foreign unfiltered water. I was too sick to go sit in a doctors office and too scared to check into a foreign hospital with a language I did not speak – I was traveling alone.
So, after a day of some unmentionable things happening, I collected my weak and shaky self together enough to slowly walk to a local grocery store to buy fresh ginger. When I returned, I used a plastic knife to chop the ginger into pill-sized pieces. Then, I swallowed a few pieces like a vitamin every so often. My entire gastrointestinal tract was badly inflamed with all kinds of stuff happening. So, when I swallowed the ginger, I could tell where it was traveling because I could immediately feel the relief from multiple gastrointestinal symptoms as the ginger worked its way through my stomach and the rest of my gastrointestinal tract.
After a day of taking fresh ginger root, I was well-enough to seek medical attention. Fortunately, in Thailand, I discovered that you can just pick up antibiotics from a pharmacy without a prescription. Nevertheless, when traveling abroad, carry a high-quality ginger powder and charcoal.
The real point.
There are many wonderful health benefits of ginger! It is not a bogus health remedy. So, if you are sick with stomach flu, travelers sickness, or other digestive issues, just about anything with ginger can really help. I have even heard that pregnant women and chemotherapy patients use ginger to alleviate morning sickness and nausea associated with their treatments with great success.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties are highly beneficial. Therefore, this property of ginger is especially beneficial for those on a low carb diet for health issues related to candida yeast overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome.
However, ginger also contains vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to help keep your body balanced. In fact, research shows that ginger can naturally lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. Ginger contains a small amount of vitamin B6. However, the mineral content of magnesium and manganese is higher in fresh ginger.
As a vasodilator, it opens blood vessels to increase blood flow. In this way, it serves as an aid to reduce inflammation and pain due to swelling. This property is why ginger is capable of reducing a variety of pains and improve brain function.
However, I make a low carb ginger tea to intentionally warm up during the cold winter months. In the summer, ginger makes me feel quite warm as well. Therefore, I try to drink it as soon as I wake up during summer months with a cool beverage or at night before bed.
Often, when we become sick, we lose our appetite. Well, nature provides the complete package to keeping us well. Therefore, if you are on a low carb diet, realize that ginger may increase your appetite. So, do not be surprised if you get a mild case of the munchies! Just be prepared to eat a low carb snack.
Nevertheless, since ginger is low carb and contains a wealth of health benefits, you can read more about the variety of ways to use ginger. There are several ways to capture some of the health benefits of ginger!
List of health benefits of ginger:
- Improves digestion of foods.
- Remedies nausea from various causes.
- Reduces risk of stomach ulcers.
- Minimizes inflammation throughout the body.
- Fights fungal infections in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Inhibits bacterial infection.
- Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in the blood.
- Alleviates muscle and joint aches in the body.
- Eases monthly menstrual pains.
- Regulates blood sugar levels.
- Improves brain and cognitive function.
- May inhibit cancer cell growth.
So, that concludes my summary of the health benefits of ginger. Have you used ginger before? If so, please share your story of how you have enjoyed the health benefits of ginger.